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 a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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