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Breastfeeding: Easy Way to Curb Childhood Obesity?


We’ve all heard about the various benefits that breastfeeding has on babies and mothers. In fact, some research maintains that breastfeeding helps to curb childhood obesity, especially when children become toddlers. That’s great news, right? I should say so.

However, new research released today says that some children — Hispanic kids, in particular– are still more susceptible to high obesity rates regardless of whether they were breastfed or not.

Breastfeeding does not seem to shield high-risk Latino children against putting on too much weight and developing risk factors for type 2 diabetes, a new study shows.

Whether breastfeeding protects against obesity later in life is a “controversial topic,” Dr. Jaimie N. Davis from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and colleagues point out in the medical journal Diabetes Care.

They studied 240 overweight Latino children aged 8 to 13 years with a family history of type 2 diabetes.

With these new findings, childhood obesity patterns in certain communities obviously are more affected by a family’s eating habits and food choices rather than whether or not a child was breastfed or not.

I think the general consensus is that if a mother makes the choice to breastfeed she would also make the right nutritional decisions for her children well into their childhood. This, however, isn’t always the case, as we now know.

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