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Breast feeding and obesity: cross sectional study

Rüdiger von Kries, professor of paediatricsaBerthold Koletzko, professor of paediatricsbThorsten Sauerwald, senior house officerbErika von Mutius, reader in paediatricsbDietmar Barnert, statisticianaVeit Grunert, statisticianaHubertus von Voss, professor of paediatricsa


Subjects and methods

Objective: To assess the impact of breast feeding onthe risk of obesity and risk of being overweight in children atthe time of entry toschool.
Design: Cross sectional survey
Setting: Bavaria, southernGermany.
Methods: Routine data were collected on the heightand weight of 134 577 children participating in the obligatoryhealth examination at the time of school entry in Bavaria. Ina subsample of 13 345 children, early feeding, diet, and lifestylefactors were assessed using responses to a questionnaire completedbyparents.

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