MIAMI, March 12 (UPI) -- Doctors at the University of Miami say obesity-related health problems can begin as early as age 3.
A study by the university's Miller School of Medicine said health problems such as risky cholesterol and artery inflammation can begin at a very young age.
''People believe their children will outgrow their baby fat and that a chubby 2-year-old is healthy; it isn't true,'' lead author Sarah Messiah told The Miami Herald. ''These children are experiencing a childhood at the edge of disease, potentially setting them up for chronic problems."
The findings were presented Wednesday at a conference of the American Heart Association in Florida, the newspaper said.