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Childhood Obesity Factors: Screen Time, Sleep, 'Obesogenic' Environments Play Roles, Research Shows

Childhood Obesity Factors: Screen Time, Sleep, 'Obesogenic' Environments Play Roles, Research Shows

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 09:11:12 in Healthy Living

“There doesn't appear to be any mention of not breastfeeding contributing to obesity, despite the link being known for many years. Children breastfed on cue control their food intake from birth. If allowed also to control their weaning by feeding themselves, they are set up well for life: eating only when they're hungry, not associating food with rewards, and not using food as a means of control. I am aware that breastfeeding gets omitted from many articles like this partly because it tends to open a can of worms sparking a massive debate between those who breastfeed and those who don't, and partly because Western medical culture is currently geared around the assumption that most children are dairy-fed to a routine. However, it is a significant factor and should most certainly not be overlooked.”

EuroPie on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:42:59

“We live in France, and France has some of the slimmest children in the western world (well, slimmest people in general). It also has one of the lowest rates of breast feeding. I hear this claim a lot in America, but what I never understood was that during the years of the lowest rates of breast feeding in the US, children were also slimmer than today. I agree that breast milk is best, but I'm skeptical of its role in stopping the obesity epidemic in the US (more women are breast feeding there now, so why are children getting fatter?).”

nolabels615 on Apr 10, 2013 at 20:00:06

“There is a correlation for sure, but is it the formula or overfeeding? That is where the line gets blurry. I for instance bottle fed all 4 of my children. Ages now are 19, 11, 5, and 2 and none of them are even close to being overweight. If a child is bottle fed and then introduced to solids at the appropriate age, fed nutritious foods and proper portions at least most of the time, they will be fine. Exercise is important also, even if it is a few minutes a day.”