Parents' feeding habits and obesity risks for babies

Mar 18, 2014 10:29 AM

New research shows bad feeding habits in the first months of life could lead to obesity later on.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill interviewed more than 800 low-income parents, and found a majority of them practiced feeding habits that are thought to lead to obesity later in life.

Nearly half exclusively fed their infants formula, and just as many gave their babies bottles while laying them to rest.

One in four parents prop bottles up, rather than feed by hand, which could lead to overeating.

And while half of the parents intentionally put their children in front of the TV screen, a whopping 90-percent of the infants in the study were exposed to television.

You can read the full report, here.


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