Breast Feeding Does Not Reduce Chances of Obesity

Breast Feeding Does Not Reduce Chances of Obesity

According to a study, encouraging breast feeding among mothers does not prevent children from being overweight and obese.

The lead author Dr. Richard Martin, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Bristol in the U. K, said that there are several benefits of breast feeding. However, its role in reducing obesity is unlikely to be effective.

Mothers were enrolled for the study in 1996 and 1997. As many as 17,046 women were divided into two groups. One group of mothers was asked to breast fed their children, while the other group was asked to continue with their usual practice.

Approximately 14,000 out of all were followed up between 2008 and 2010. The findings revealed that there was not a big difference in weight amongst children of both the groups. Moreover, the reports said that around 15% of kids were overweight in both the groups and five percent of them were obese.

Breast feeding is, however, necessary for children as it improves the immune of the children by stimulating the ability to develop antibodies against common illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, according to the WHO.

"Although breast-feeding is unlikely to stem the current obesity epidemic, its other advantages are amply sufficient to justify continued public health efforts to promote, protect, and support it", the researchers wrote.

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