Baby Formula & Obesity

A new study has found that before children have even left the cradle, they are set on a course toward a lifetime of Obesity.

Researchers at the Children's Hospital in Boston &  Harvard Medical School say that the combination of bottle-feeding and adding solid food to an infant's diet strongly predisposes them to grow up overweight.

Baby Formula & Obesity

Researchers found in a study of more than 800 babies, that formula-fed babies who began eating solid foods before 4 months of age were 6 times more likely to be obese at age 3 than those weaned later. Breast-fed babies had no increase in obesity incidence.

Researchers said, the study showed the first months of life to be "a critical window." Too often, parents add cereal to their baby formula in a misguided effort to make their babies healthier, Dr. David McCormick of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, tells Reuters.

McCormick says,"thats exactly how adults get overweight.They eat a little more than they should every day."

The Week
Health & Science News
25 February 2011