Breastfeeding and risk of overweight and obesity at nine years of age

New research has found that breastfeeding protects against children becoming obese at nine years of age. The research looked at data from the Growing Up In Ireland study and examined the relationship between the weight of 7,798 children at nine years of age and whether they had been breastfed as babies.

Statistical analysis found that once factors such as social class, the education of the child’s primary carer,  family income, the child’s physical activity level, dietary intake and parents’ BMI etc. were controlled for, being breastfed between 13-25 weeks was associated with a 38% reduction in the risk of being obese at nine years of age, and being breastfed for 26 weeks or more was associated with a 51% reduction in the risk of being obese at nine years of age. Further information about the findings are available from Social Science and Medicine.


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Posted: 02/05/2012 10:40:08 by Barbara Whelan


 

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