ATLANTA (AP) _ A new study challenges the widely held belief
that breast feeding prevents a child from becoming fat as an adult.
The conclusion is based on the largest study to date on breast-feeding and its effect on adult obesity.
Lead author Karin Michels -- of Harvard Medical School -- says
breast feeding has lots of benefits, but it doesn't prevent excess
weight in children. Some health officials say 15 to 20 percent of
obesity could be prevented through breast-feeding.
A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
says many studies have linked breast-feeding and lower rates of
childhood obesity. He would not comment on the latest research.
The Harvard study is published on line this week in the International Journal of Obesity