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Here’s a new reason to watch your child eats even more. A new study shows that the future of a child’s weight depends on what they eat before they even hit five-years-old. Almost 50 percent of children who became obese before eighth grade, were already overweight when they kicked off in Kindergarten.

According to “Petoskey News”:

The prevalence of weight problems has long been known — about a third of U.S. kids are overweight or obese. But surprisingly little is known about which kids will develop obesity, and at what age.

Researchers think there may be a window of opportunity to prevent it, and “we keep pushing our critical window earlier and earlier on,” said Solveig Cunningham, a scientist at Emory University. “A lot of the risk of obesity seems to be set, to some extent, really early in life.”