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Researchers Say Simple Formula Could Predict Childhood Obesity Chances

(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic and public health crisis.

Experts have long known that certain things make it much more likely that a child will become overweight or obese — things like the weight of the parents, a mother’s education and so on, CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported.

Now, they’ve factored these into a formula that gives you odds for your child’s future weight.

You can calculate your own odds with the formula here. 

But remember, they are just odds. You can affect whether your child gets fat with diet and exercise.