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Starting Solid Foods Too Early My Lead to Obesity in Children

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A new study by Children’s Hospital Boston suggests childhood obesity can be triggered by when kids start solid foods. 

Study authors followed 847 infants from before birth until three years of age and surveyed the mothers about how they fed their children, particularly when they started feeding the infants solid foods. 

For the 67 percent of breastfed infants, there was no association between the timing of solid food introduction and obesity at three years of age.  For the 32 percent of formula-fed infants, however, those who were introduced to solid foods before four months of age were six times more likely to be obese at three years of age. 

The authors suggest that better adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines regarding the timing of solid food introduction may reduce the risk of childhood obesity. The AAP recommends that parents wait until infants are between four and six months of age before they introduce solid foods into their diet.
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