Spoon-Feeding Hypothetically Linked To Child Obesity

Spoon-Feeding Hypothetically Linked To Child ObesityIt has been reported by The Independent that spoon-fed babies are far more likely to become obese as compared to their counterparts.

The study, which reveals the above mentioned fact, found an association between feeding techniques and weight gain.

It has been revealed by the researchers in the study that apart from the above mentioned association, other factors can also be responsible for obesity in children.

The study analyzed the way the mothers introduced solid foods to their babies. According to the researchers who carried out the study, there is a possibility that weaning could be linked to child's weight and their "eating style" as a toddler.

Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk. According to experts, the process takes place only in mammals, as only mammals produce milk. The infant is considered to be fully weaned once it no longer receives any breast milk (or bottled substitute).

The researchers analyzed the two methods of weaning in their study, namely the traditional method and baby-led weaning (BLW). In the baby-led weaning (BLW) method babies pick up food and feed themselves.

After the analyses, the researchers found that BLW babies were less likely to be overweight between the ages of 18 and 24 months. They also concluded that BLW approach may lead to better appetite control in later life, but the speculation remains hypothetical.