Study finds links between prolonged bottle feeding and obesity

Children who are bottle fed are 30 per cent more likely to become obese, according to a US study.

Children who are bottle fed are 30 per cent more likely to become obese, according to a US study.

The study, published in The Journal of Paediatrics, examined information on nearly 7,000 children and found around 22 per cent of children were still being bottle fed at age two.  They were nearly 7 per cent more likely to be obese when they started school than those who were not bottle fed at age two.

The researchers, from universities in Ohio and Philadelphia, say parents should be encouraged to switch from using a bottle when their child is one as they say bottles can lead to overfeeding and overconsumption of calories.

They say: "Prolonged bottle use may lead to the child consuming excess calories, particularly when parents are using the bottle to comfort the child rather than to address the child’s hunger or nutritional needs."





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