At least 20% of adult obesity is caused by over-feeding in infancy, study reports. The study, lead by Prof. Singhal (MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre at the Institute of Child Health in London) soon to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, concluded that a nutrient-enriched diet in infancy increases fat mass later in childhood. Therefore, a causal link between faster early weight gain and a later risk of obesity can be argued. These findings have important implications for the management of infants born small for gestational age and suggest that the primary prevention of obesity could begin in infancy.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition