Breast feeding and obesity: cross sectional study
In industrialised countries obesity and being overweight are the most frequent nutritional disorders in children and adolescents, and there is a continuing increase in their prevalence. Overweight children have a high risk of being overweight in adulthood and therefore are also at risk from the associated health complications such as hypertension and coronary heart disease. Since therapeutic interventions aimed at encouraging weight loss in obese children are costly and have long term success rates that are less than satisfactory, the identification of strategies for the effective prevention of obesity is particularly attractive.
Simple strategies without potential side effects are the most appealing.
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