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Obesity Related Programming Statements in Materials on Infant Feeding Aimed at Parents in Five European Countries

von Rosen-von Hoewel, J, Laitinen, K, Martin-Bautista, E, Campoy, C, Jakobik, V, Decsi, T, Schmid, MA, Morgan, J, Gage, Heather, Koletzko, B and Raats, M (2009) Obesity Related Programming Statements in Materials on Infant Feeding Aimed at Parents in Five European Countries In: International Conference on Early Nutrition Programming and Health Outcomes in Later Life, 2007-04 - ?, Budapest, HUNGARY.

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Early nutrition programming as an origin of obesity is well acknowledged, but to what extent is this concept communicated to parents? In five European countries, UK, Finland (FI), Germany (DE), Hungary (HU) and Spain (ES), a total of 130 stand alone leaflets and 161 articles from parenting magazines providing information on feeding of healthy infants aged 0-12 months were identified and screened for nutrition programming statements. Obesity was mentioned in 8.5% (54/638) of the statements, and was the fourth most frequent outcome after allergy (20.7%), risk of infections (15.5%) and growth and development (11.4%). A temporal prognosis was given in 39% of obesity related statements, 6% referring to short- (<5 years), 13% to medium- (5-15 years) and 20% to long-term (> 15 years) duration of effects. So advice on obesity focuses oil the intrinsic long-term perspective of programming in contrary to other surveyed health-outcomes where only 8% considered a lifelong approach. The major programming related behaviour concerned breast-feeding compared to formula and complementary feeding with meaningful differences concerning the recommended duration: for ES and HU the predominant advice was for exclusive breast-feeding for 6 months, for DE exclusive breast-feeding for 4-6 months and for UK and FI breast-feeding without further specification. In summary, statements relating to the programming of later obesity have been partially integrated into feeding information in five European countries. These Countries have slightly different breastfeeding recommendations, but consistently refer to the preventive potential of breastfeeding in general. This is important as obesity and its resulting morbidity are of increasing public health concern in developed countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
von Rosen-von Hoewel, J
Laitinen, K
Martin-Bautista, E
Campoy, C
Jakobik, V
Decsi, T
Schmid, MA
Morgan, J
Koletzko, B
Raats, M
Date : 2009
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID, B, T, D, A,
Uncontrolled Keywords : Breastfeeding, infant feeding, metabolic programming, nutrition programming, LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES, CHILDHOOD, NUTRITION, HEALTH, WOMEN, RISK
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:45
Last Modified : 01 Aug 2018 09:10

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