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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Breastfeeding may lower the odds of obesity in kids--study

We all know that 'breast is best'! It’s a well established fact that mother's milk has a positive impact on child development, good health and wards off a host of ills ranging from allergies to asthma and diabetes. Now researchers have shown that nursing may also slash the risk of overweight and obesity in school going kids. The study found bottle fed babies are two times more like to be obese by the age of eight compared to infants that are breast fed. Link between obesity and breastfeeding assessed In order to examine the link between breastfeeding and obesity in school kids, the researchers conducted a study. They analyzed data of 43,367 children who were part of Japan’s Longitudinal Survey of Babies in the 21st Century. Experts gathered information pertaining to how they were fed during infancy. It was noted that 20 per cent of the study subjects were exclusively breastfed for six months. For the purpose of the study, investigators split them in groups as underweight, normal w

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