31 Oct 2023

Research finds links between early feeding patterns and obesity in adulthood

From Morning Report, 8:48 am on 31 October 2023

In tackling child obesity, it seems you are not just what you eat, but when and how you eat too.

Nearly a third of children in Aotearoa between the ages of two to fourteen are obese, and the number is much higher for Māori and Pacific tamariki.

New research from Auckland University's Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, shows significant links between early feeding patterns and parents' weight, with obesity and health problems in adulthood.

Lead researcher Dr Felicia Low spoke to Corin Dann.