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The role of early life nutrition in obesity prevention

Binns, C., Lee, M.K. and Xu, R. (2013) The role of early life nutrition in obesity prevention. In: 45th APACPH Conference, 25 - 27 October 2013, Wuhan University, China



Obesity rates have increased rapidly throughout the world with more than 900 million adults having a body mass index of greater than 25. As the increase in obesity is beginning in infants and pre - school age children there has been increasing emphasis on risk factors for obesity in early life, reinforced by increasing interest in th e Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD) hypothesis. Prenatal nutrition is important with weight gain and birthweight related to subsequent obesity. The promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, reducing prelacteal feeds and the appropriate use of complementary foods remain the best public health strategies for controlling future obesity.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Health Professions
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