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Study Links Long Term Bottle Use To Child Obesity

A contributing factor is bottle feeding right before bed to help the child sleep.

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Bottle feeding after age two increases a child's risk of obesity.

A new study shows that kids who are drinking from a bottle when they are two years old are more likely to be obese by age five than those who aren‘t. Dr. Amanda Garant, Coordinator of Pediatric Overweight Education and Research at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Heath, says its bad eating habits that develop from late bottle use.

She says a contributing factor is bottle feeding right before bed to help the child sleep which not only adds extra calories overnight but can also create a habit of eating right before bed.

She says instead of that, parents should try something else like reading a story.

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