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Babies being born obese in American Samoa

Babies being born obese in American Samoa

Updated 22 May 2013, 9:04 AEST

Obesity starts young in American Samoa with some babies only 15 months old classified as obese.

A study by Brown University in the US found American Samoan babies had excessive weight when born and continued to gain weight repidly after birth.

At 15 months, 38.6 percent of formula-fed boys were obese while only 23.4 percent of breast-fed boys were obese.

Co-author of a report on the study is Dr Nicola Hawley, a research fellow in the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Dr Nicola Hawley, research fellow, Alpert Medical School, Brown University & Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center

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