Infant feeding and obesity through the lifecourse
- 1Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, UK
- 2School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University, Hadassah, POB 12272, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
- Correspondence to:
Dr T J Parsons, Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH, UK;
- Accepted 17 December 2002
In the 1958 British birth cohort (n = 12 857 at age 7), breast feeding and BMI were unrelated in childhood. Breast feeding was protective against increased BMI at ages 16 and 33 years in females, and at 33 years in males, but this effect was markedly reduced and no longer significant after adjustment for confounding factors.