New link between childhood obesity and early infant feeding

New research by THRI Biostatician Dr Haider Mannan suggests that infants in South Western Sydney introduced to formula and solid foods within the first four months, could be twice as likely to suffer from childhood obesity.

The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (opens in a new window), tracked the health and weight of 346 infants from the area over a ten-year period. Lead researcher of the study, Dr Haider Mannan from the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) and School of Medicine says that while there is World Health Organization recommendation against the early introduction of solid foods and formula to an infant’s diet, it is often not practiced and so its prevalence is very widespread in South Western Sydney.

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