Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries

Julia Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, Kirsi Laitinen, Elena Martin-Bautista, Cristina Campoy, Viktoria Jakobik, T. Decsi, Martina A. Schmid, Jane Morgan, Heather Gage, Berthold Koletzko, Monique Raats

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Early nutrition programming as an origin of obesity is well acknowledged, but to what extent is this concept communicated to parents? In five European countries, UK, Finland (FI), Germany (DE), Hungary (HU) and Spain (ES), a total of 130 stand alone leaflets and 161 articles from parenting magazines providing information on feeding of healthy infants aged 0-12 months were identified and screened for nutrition programming statements. Obesity was mentioned in 8.5% (54/638) of the statements, and was the fourth most frequent outcome after allergy (20.7%), risk of infections (15.5%) and growth and development (11.4%). A temporal prognosis was given in 39% of obesity related statements, 6% referring to short-(<5 years), 13% to medium-(5-15 years) and 20% to long-term (>15 years) duration of effects. So advice on obesity focuses on the intrinsic long-term perspective of programming in contrary to other surveyed health-outcomes where only 8% considered a lifelong approach. The major programming related behaviour concerned breast-feeding compared to formula and complementary feeding with meaningful differences concerning the recommended duration: for ES and HU the predominant advice was for exclusive breast-feeding for 6 months, for DE exclusive breast-feeding for 4-6 months and for UK and FI breast-feeding without further specification. In summary, statements relating to the programming of later obesity have been partially integrated into feeding information in five European countries. These countries have slightly different breastfeeding recommendations, but consistently refer to the preventive potential of breastfeeding in general. This is important as obesity and its resulting morbidity are of increasing public health concern in developed countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Pages175-181
Number of pages7
Volume646
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Volume646
ISSN (Print)00652598

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Breast Feeding
Obesity
Parents
Hungary
Finland
Nutrition
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Allergies
Parenting
Growth and Development
Developed Countries
Spain
Public health
Germany
Hypersensitivity
Public Health
Morbidity
Health
Specifications
Infection

Keywords

  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant feeding
  • Metabolic programming
  • Nutrition programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, J., Laitinen, K., Martin-Bautista, E., Campoy, C., Jakobik, V., Decsi, T., ... Raats, M. (2009). Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries. In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Vol. 646, pp. 175-181). (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 646). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9173-5_21

Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries. / Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, Julia; Laitinen, Kirsi; Martin-Bautista, Elena; Campoy, Cristina; Jakobik, Viktoria; Decsi, T.; Schmid, Martina A.; Morgan, Jane; Gage, Heather; Koletzko, Berthold; Raats, Monique.

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Vol. 646 2009. p. 175-181 (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 646).

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Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, J, Laitinen, K, Martin-Bautista, E, Campoy, C, Jakobik, V, Decsi, T, Schmid, MA, Morgan, J, Gage, H, Koletzko, B & Raats, M 2009, Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries. in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. vol. 646, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 646, pp. 175-181. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9173-5_21
Von Rosen-Von Hoewel J, Laitinen K, Martin-Bautista E, Campoy C, Jakobik V, Decsi T et al. Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries. In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Vol. 646. 2009. p. 175-181. (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9173-5_21
Von Rosen-Von Hoewel, Julia ; Laitinen, Kirsi ; Martin-Bautista, Elena ; Campoy, Cristina ; Jakobik, Viktoria ; Decsi, T. ; Schmid, Martina A. ; Morgan, Jane ; Gage, Heather ; Koletzko, Berthold ; Raats, Monique. / Obesity related programming statements in materials on infant feeding aimed at parents in five European countries. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Vol. 646 2009. pp. 175-181 (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology).
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