Associations of early infant feeding and adiposity among school-aged children
Whitworth, Christina Lauren
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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of infant feeding practices on childhood overweight and obesity. The specific aims were to determine the relationship between infant feeding and childhood adiposity and the relationship between the age of introduction to complementary foods and childhood adiposity. Participants in this cross-sectional study (n = 27) were mostly white (66.7%), female (88.9%) and the average age was 4.1 years. There was no statistically significant relationship between infant feeding practice and adiposity or between age of introduction to complementary foods and adiposity. There was, however, a significant, positive correlation between the mother’s BMI and the birth weight of the child (P=.009) and between the mother’s current BMI and the child’s current weight (P=.031). Because of these results, there is a need for research into the role of infant feeding and complementary foods and their impact on childhood obesity.