Starting Solids Too Early May Increase The Risk of Obesity
Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, MPH
Obesity and Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends waiting to introduce solid foods until infants are between 4 and 6 months old. A new study in the March issue of Pediatrics found that among formula-fed infants, introduction of solid foods before age 4 months was related to a higher risk of obesity. One of the co-authors of this study, Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, MPH, comes on the show to discuss what question they were trying to answer with this study, what they found, why the different results between breastfeeding and formula-fed infants, and what can parents take away from this.
Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, MPH is a Senior Research Associate in the Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research is focused on nutrition and other exposures that occur during pregnancy and childhood, and the influence of these experiences on the health of both mother and child.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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