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Certain Racial and Ethnic Parental Differences May Predispose Children to Obesity

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study published in the journal Pediatrics which has shed light on certain maternal behaviors that may differ between races and ethnicities and which may affect childhood obesity. The research focused on feeding behaviors, breastfeeding, television exposure, and the amount of “tummy time” an infant received. Results showed that African American parents were more likely to put their baby to sleep with a bottle and to report television watching. Hispanic parents were more likely than Black parents and White parents to encourage finishing a bottle even if the infant had lost interest and to report less tummy time. The new research, “should help researchers and clinicians devise culture-specific interventions that may reduce the practices that predispose babies to grow into obesity.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in Pediatrics.