Breastfeeding Drops Risk of Obesity

Breastfeeding Drops Risk of Obesity

Childhood obesity rates continue to climb. However, babies who are breastfed have a 30 percent drop in their risk of obesity, according to a study published in the June 8, 2002 issue of The Lancet. This study looked at more than 32,000 children who were 3 to 4 years old.

After adjusting for birth weight and socioeconomic status, those who had been breastfed were only 70 percent as likely as their formula-fed peers to have become obese. Breastfeeding is not a guarantee of a good outcome, but it does improve the odds for your child in many areas of life.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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