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Infants Who Don’t Respond To Body Signals Of “Fullness” May Be On Track For Adult Obesity

February 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A British study that compared same-age, same-sex babies in the same family revealed that a hearty appetite, and unresponsiveness to satiety signals, in infancy may be a portent of future obesity. The researchers analyzed data – measures of satiety responsiveness and food responsiveness – from non-identical, same-sex twins born in the U.K. in 2007. Infant twins who were more food responsive or less satiety responsive grew faster than their co-twins. The researchers advised parents to be alert for these tendencies because this behavior could put a growing child at risk of gaining weight too fast, putting on an unhealthy amount of weight, and being obese as an adult.
Clare H. Llewellyn et al., "Satiety Mechanisms in Genetic Risk of Obesity", JAMA Pediatrics, February 17, 2014, © American Medical Association
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