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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many parents worry when their newborns are slow to gain weight. But a new study finds most of these children catch up to their peers by the teen years.

British researchers looked at data from over 11-thousand children born in the 1990's.

Roughly half of the babies who were slow to gain weight during their first eight weeks recovered quickly and had almost caught up by the age of two.

And while the other half remained underweight into their childhood years ... Most had a growth spurt and equaled their peers by the time they were 13.

Experts say many children are smaller because of genetics ... And warn parents not to overfeed babies because it increases the risk of obesity.

This study was led by researchers at University of Bristol (UK) and published in 'Pediatrics.'

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