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Three quarters of babies consume too much energy, finds UK survey

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1740
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Three quarters of babies and young children in the United Kingdom are consuming more energy than they need, warn results from the first national survey to comprehensively assess infant nutrition.1

The Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children also showed that a fifth of babies are never breast fed and that fewer than half of those who are breast fed receive breast milk beyond 3 months of age.

Researchers collected dietary and nutritional information on 2683 children aged 4-18 months between January and August 2011. The children were sampled from child benefit records to give a representative sample of the UK population. The researchers assessed their nutrition by interviewing parents, through four day dietary diaries, and from blood samples and estimating …

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