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Bottle Feeding In 2-Year-Olds Linked With Childhood Obesity

May 10, 2011 by  

Bottle feeding in 2-year-olds linked with childhood obesitySome parents may delay weaning their child off the bottle if he or she is stubborn and attached to it, and others put their 2-year-olds to bed with an 8-ounce bottle of milk to make bedtime easier.

However, this practice has been shown to lead to obesity in children as young as 5 years old, according to researchers at Temple University and Ohio State University.

“Children who were still using a bottle at 24 months were approximately 30 percent more likely to be obese at 5.5 years, even after accounting for other factors such as the mother’s weight, the child’s birth weight and feeding practices during infancy,” said co-author Robert Whitaker.

Authors of the study noted that 8 ounces of whole milk account for about 12 percent of the total daily calorie intake for a 2-year-old girl who is of average height and weight. So, using the bottle as a way to make kids go to bed without a struggle may be effective for its immediate purpose, but can also cause problems for that child later on.

The researchers recommended that parents begin to wean their children off the bottle to a sippy cup around 1 year of age.

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  • Proud to be a Christian

    This is absolute horse hocky! My son who is now 51 and very slim, kept his bottle until he was three years old and has never been fat or even heavy in his entire life. He drank milk by the gallons until a few years ago when I made him get off the milk because it has been proved in some men to cause prostate cancer.

    • granny mae

      I totally agree ! This is bunk !

  • TK

    This makes perfect sense. If you go to bed taking in those extra calories, you will get fat. Imagine if you ate normally every day and then at bedtime you ate one more meal (normal meal ~300 calories…12% of your daily intake ~240 calories) You would gain weight in no time.

    • TK

      It’s not the milk per se….it’s the extra calories

      • granny mae


        Small children burn a lot of calories every day. If you don’t believe that try following around one for just one day and you willhave your eyes opened ! They don’t put on extra weight from taking a bottle of milk at night . If they are putting on weight it is because they are being fed a lot of junk all day long and I have even seen modern mothers put soda and koolaid in their babies bottles. Trust me it is not a bottle of milk when going to bed that is causing the problem it is mothers that have no clue how to be mothers and feed their children the way they eat themselves !

    • granny mae


      Did you ever try to give a kid a bottle of milk they didn’t want? They will drink a little and drop the bottle and when you find it again it is full of sour milk stuck down between the mattress and the bed rail ! Babies don’t normally eat or drink more than theyneed. I have only seen one baby in my life that was over weight and that was a three month old that weighed over 25 lbs. There was a metabolic problem with that child. When it comes to babies you don’t know squat !

  • miladymignonne

    This is all a bunch of bull!!! I’ve had 6 children (from 36 to 13)–everyone of them took their bottles to go to bed—and they don’t have obesity problems….It’s the fast-food and other unhealthy foods/ingredients…juices (that rot their teeth),hormones in the milk,aspertame…shall I go on…and who was really behind this study????…children need the “sucking” to help in the development of their emotional well-being…also, the “sucking” helps to develop the motions of the tongue…so an infantile swallowing does not occur…but, of course…was this study done by people who really do not have “families” to know anything about nurturing babies from birth–getting up in the middle of the night,etc…this is just another one of the problems with our society today…hurry up,,,push these babies into another stage so we don’t have to deal with them…let babies be babies…they’ll learn soon enough and be forced to group think…because, god knows, they’ll be in daycare underneath someone else’s belief system as soon as they’re 6 weeks old…these aren’t families anymore…they are children of the state…robotic repetitious gestures to and from house to work to what do you expect…..take them off bottles..and..let’s be sure that not too much holding, nurturing, embracing, bonding, is done by the real mother…yea, because some of these “moms” have done their duties to replenish the earth…but, give the really tough task of emotionally rearing your precious baby to someone else…so much for this study…hogwash just like all the other propaganda we are fed…there really is a switch/button/knob to turn it all off…start looking for it…

    • granny mae

      You have it right ! I’ve raised 5 children myself and they all took their bottles till they were well into their two’s. They are not fat by any means. In fact two of them are a little under weight. The other three are just right ! This is just some more BS that the food police are trying to shove down our throats ! One time they will tell you something is bad for you and give it a couple years and someone else will come out and tell you the other person was all wrong and their studies were flawed ! I say get a life and do something constructive like find a cure for cancer ! Hell science has been at that for a hundred years now and still no cure, just more money poured down a black hole !

  • CJM

    Baloney; more government ‘experts’ telling parents how to rear their children in an ever-increasing nanny state. What shall the new name of America be under the dictator odummberbummber: United States of Soviet America (USSA); United Nanny States of Socialist America (UNSSA); the possiblities are endless. I sincerely hope that some of these supporters of the nanny state syndrome are reading the peoples’ opinions—they just might learn something. As for the communist in the Oval Office, RESIGN, the people do not want you.

  • e. henderson

    This is the usual knee-jerk reaction, typical, (and mostly by ‘moms’) to statistics.
    A lot of statistics fall under this category. Because all of your kiddies went to bed with the bottles and didn’t end up obese does not negate the truth of this matter. All you did was INCREASE their chances of being obese. Did you read ’30 percent more chance’. That is the bottom line: chance. Same thing for the statistics regarding criminals and problem kids: most are produced by single moms. Does that mean your child will grow up criminal if you are single mom? No. The kids chances of getting into trouble are increased. However, most moms don’t like any criticism of their parenting. Not one iota and as such I always find it amusing that when something like this is published, especially about children, all you hear is the incessant mooing…

  • http://com i41

    It just proves again parents are still raising brats with bad attitudes. We have a nation of mamas hangers on the apron for years. If someone is 50 and mama still tells them what to eat and drink is definitely has some problems with getting off the tit. Of course the idea it takes a village to raise a child is just BS. Thanks to the singlre mother, and whore hound males, no wonder we has so many pusified mamas boys who don;t grow up and quick sucking on their thumbs.

    • granny mae

      Kind of like your parents did with you huh? You sure have a bad attitude all the time but more so when you are drinking ! Yiou have a dirty mouth and a bad attitude toward everything especially people. Here is a news flash for you, you don’t know everything, or you would quit your drinking. You sure can’t hide it when you get on here.

  • Cep

    Get Real!!!That is only a small(verySmall)part of the problem.Raising a child is the easy part ,its when they grow up ,they become somewhat of a pain in the butt.


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