The first results of the EU Childhood Obesity programme indicate that low protein content infant formulae bring metabolic and endocrine benefits, as well as body growth rate close to that of breastfed babies. The further follow-up of the children as part of the EU project EARNEST will indicate whether these changes are associated with lower risk indicators of childhood obesity at a later age. Low protein content in infant formulae did not show any untoward effects and is considered safe.
“These first results of the EU Childhood Obesity Programme emphasise the importance of promotion of and support for breastfeeding, together with the development of the right composition of infant formula, and support for the choice of appropriate complementary food” states Project Co-ordinator Professor Koletzko.
“These first results of the EU Childhood Obesity Programme contribute to the growing body of scientific evidence that early nutrition can exert important long term ‘programming’ effects on early development and later health,” adds Professor Koletzko.
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