A recent study published in the Journal of Obesity begun in 1985 shows that your waist size as a child is a very strong and independent risk factor in your forming metabolic syndrome later in life. Metabolic syndrome is a precursor stage to type II diabetes mellitus that puts you at significant risk for heart disease and stroke. The study was conducted in 2188 boys and these boys were followed and evaluated at age seven, fifteen, and twenty-seven years old (twenty years later).
Results show that as your waist circumference increases as a child, your risk for metabolic syndrome notably increases and is unrelated to waist changes between childhood and adulthood. This means that emphasis on childhood weight is significant and must be a factor in evaluation of the child's overall health and risk for disease later in life.