Babies fed with larger bottles may be more at risk of gaining weight, study finds
Bottle-fed infants may be more at risk of gaining weight or obesity if they are fed with a large sized bottle, according to a new study.
As a nation, we are getting bigger waists, and this is putting us at higher risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. One major factor in this is simply that our portion sizes are getting bigger.
With the rise of supersizing, bottles used to feed infants also seems to have grown. Researchers investigated whether this is a modifiable factor which could help improve the health of people as they grow, and set them up better to avoid metabolic conditions in later life.
They used data from the Greenlight Intervention Study, to compare whether children fed with a bottle larger than 6oz were at a higher risk of being overweight than those given a bottle smaller than 6oz. They were analyzed for changes in weight, weight-for-age, and weight-for-length measurements, and then adjusted for confounders such as birthweight and gender.
They found that using a larger bottle in early infancy independently contributed to greater weight gain and changes in weight-for-length at the sixth month clinical visit.
Although growth in infancy is a complex process, the authors concluded that “bottle size may be a modifiable risk factor for rapid infant weight gain and later obesity among exclusively formula-fed infants.”
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