Childhood obesity affects more than 1 in 3 children worldwide. Past studies have consistently shown that breastfeeding is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and a reduced risk of excessive weight gain in infancy—and in later life. Now, Dr. Meghan Azad and her research team have shown that rapid (as well as excess amount) of weight gain in the first year is a strong risk factor for obesity in later life, and several subtle factors impact that risk.
Join Marie and her guests, Dr. Meghan Azad and Dr. Annika Klopp, as they discuss previously-unknown and subtle influences on obesity and weight-gain velocity in the first year of life. Is the protection against obesity stronger when breastfeeding continues longer? Is breast-versus-formula the only explanation for child obesity? What three factors can impact the risk of obesity, even among breastfed infants? If you’re pumping your milk and giving it in a bottle, you need to hear this episode!