Are babies that don't fall within the "normal" birth weight range at risk of obesity? SDVincent/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption SDVincent/iStockphoto Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Can Babies Be Obese? January 14, 2016 Some babies are born at weights considered greater than "normal" for full-term newborns. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores whether babies can be termed medically obese.