An online calculator says it can predict at birth a baby’s likelihood of becoming obese in childhood, according to a paper in PLOS ONE.

They estimate the child’s obesity risk based on its birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother’s professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy.

Yes, that determines if your child is going to be fat.  But it’s PLoS One and the credit card cleared.

The researchers think their prediction method will be used to identify infants at high risk and help families take steps to prevent their children from putting on too much weight. Like what, getting mom a better job land quitting smoking before pregnancy? 

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