WASHINGTON (CBSMiami.com) – A new federally-funded study has confirmed research that children need to put down the bottle as soon as possible.
The study found that children drinking from a bottle when they are 2-years-old are more likely to be obese by age 5 than those who don’t drink from a bottle.
The Temple University study looked at 6,750 kids and discovered that 22 percent of the children were still using a bottle at the age of 2 as a primary drink container or put to bed with a bottle.
Nearly one-quarter of the prolonged bottle users were obese by age 5. Researchers also factored out other issues that might have contributed to obesity including birth weight, mother’s weight, and feeding practices during infancy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said the bottle should be given up at around age 1 and almost certainly by 18 months.