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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 13:46 PM   1
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"Feeding babies solids too early may make fat toddlers"


Came across this, found it quite interesting.

Feeding a baby solid foods too early in life may increase his risk of becoming obese before reaching preschool, according to a new study in Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers breast-feed their babies for at least six months and introduce solid foods between 4 and 6 months. This new study finds that among formula-fed babies, those who were given solid foods before age 4 months had a higher risk of becoming obese.

The study compared obesity rates among 847 3-year-olds. Researchers found that among children who were breast-fed for at least four months, the timing of solid-food introduction did not affect their odds of becoming obese at age 3. But among babies who were formula fed or who stopped breast-feeding before the age of 4 months, introducing solid food before 4 months was linked to a sixfold increase in the odds of that child becoming obese by age 3.

"Our data support the existing American Academy of Pediatric Guidelines that suggest waiting until an infant is at least 4 months old before introducing solids. And what our study suggests is that increasing adherence to those guidelines across the U.S. population has the potential to reduce the risk of obesity in childhood," says study author Dr. Susanna Huh with Children's Hospital Boston.

The more moms work, the heavier kids get.

Researchers aren't exactly sure why introducing solids early may be linked to obesity. Their best guess is that formula-fed infants are consuming more milk than breast-fed children and therefore getting more calories.

But Dr. Frank Greer, former chairperson of the AAP Committee on Nutrition, is puzzled by the fact that the researchers didn't find an increase in weight gain in the children who were introduced to solids early.

"They didn't show that there was any increase in rate of growth in the formula-fed babies before that {age 3}. It makes me wonder if this is just a marker for people that introduced solid foods between 2 – 4 months, that their overall diet is poor in general," suggests Greer.

Poor eating may have led to the weight gain by age 3, the doctor theorizes, not the timing of the introduction of solids into the diets of babies.

More research may offer clarification, but in the meantime, it's important to remember to breast-feed your infant as long as possible and to introduce solids later rather than sooner.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/0...-fat-toddlers/



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 13:48 PM   2
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Interesting! Thank you for posting!



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 13:53 PM   3
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This doesn't take into consideration those whose doctors recommend rice cereal earlier due to reflux. I'm sure those babies aren't doomed to be fat.



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 13:56 PM   4
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All 847 children could have had reflux for all we know. I'm not saying their doomed to be fat, I just thought it was interesting.



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 13:58 PM   5
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Poor eating may have led to the weight gain by age 3, the doctor theorizes, not the timing of the introduction of solids into the diets of babies.
I tend to agree with that bit more than anything else



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 14:04 PM   6
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More interesting links.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news...-obesity-later

http://www.circleofmoms.com/debating-mums/health-risks-for-starting-solids-too-early-it-s-not-what-you-would-think-616990



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 14:12 PM   7
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Surely it has more to do with the amount and the type of food the child is given...?



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 14:21 PM   8
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I think it probably has more to do with the fact that the American government approve Pizza to be one of the 5 a day as it has tomato base and give school children flavoured milk, all full of sugar



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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 14:22 PM   9
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I suppose in theory it makes SOME sense. Babies don't need solids before 4-6 months so you are offering a child food they don't need. If we eat more than we need we gain weight.

Plus the whole bf/FF aspect of it - it's very easy for a FF baby to be "forced" the milk as the bottle is just there whilst a bf baby will take what they need and we won't think "hmmmm they haven't had much so I'll keep offering it" iyswim

But at the same time I take all these studies with a massive shovel full of salt. The studies can be manipulated to show what ever the researcher wants them to show.



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2012, 14:30 PM   10
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I think it probably has more to do with the fact that the American government approve Pizza to be one of the 5 a day as it has tomato base and give school children flavoured milk, all full of sugar
I don't agree with them approving pizza for the reason they did. That has nothing to do with this study, though. School age is 5 years +. This study was based on up to 3 year olds.



 
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