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Obesity is all around us. Wherever we live or travel, it is one of our major health problems. There is some evidence in the more developed countries that obesity prevalence in children might have stabilised.1 But even if this is so, it has stabilised at a level far too high for optimum public health. Several major reviews have analysed the available cohort studies and supported an association between breastfeeding and the later development of obesity2 although the one large cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a health promotion intervention in Belarus did not find an association.3 The introduction of solid foods earlier than 4 months has also been associated with increased body weight and later obesity, and the effect may be present if …
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