Delaying solids may cut obesity

DESPITE the widespread belief that breastfeeding reduces obesity risk in offspring, growing evidence suggests delaying the introduction of solids until six months of age produces this beneficial effect, an expert says.

Professor John Dixon, head of clinical obesity research at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, told a recent conference that false claims that children are set up for obesity by being formula-fed could be emotionally damaging to mothers who are unable to breastfeed.

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