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Irish Study Finds Breastfeeding Dramatically Reduces Obesity

Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 17, 2012 @ 1:06 pm In eco kids,Inhabitots,News | 1 Comment

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Irish researchers recently published a study in the journal Social Science and Medicine [2] which reveals that breastfeeding dramatically reduces the rate of obesity in adolescents. Researchers followed 8,568 babies born in Ireland between 1997 and 1998, or 1/7th of all babies born that year, and found that those children who were breastfed for 13-25 weeks were 38% less obese than their counterparts when they reached nine years of age. The study also found that nine year olds who were breastfed for 26 weeks or more were 51% less obese. This research follows on the heels of Michelle Obama’s controversial campaign [3] to promote more breastfeeding among American mothers.


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[1] aurimas: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aurimas_m/3802740128/sizes/z/in/photostream/

[2] Social Science and Medicine: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-science-and-medicine/

[3] Michelle Obama’s controversial campaign: http://www.inhabitots.com/michelle-obamas-breastfeeding-initiative-draws-criticism/

[4] READ MORE >: http://www.inhabitots.com/breastfeeding-shown-to-lower-obesity-rates-in-large-irish-study/

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