Metabolic Programming: Effects of Early Nutrition on Growth, Metabolism and Body Composition 2015
Early protein intake has long term effect on health. It has been shown that infants fed high protein formula had higher growth rates than the WHO standard and accelerated weight gain. Accelerated weight gain a strong predictor of childhood and adult obesity. Infants that were only breastfed for the first 4-6 months and continuation of breast feeding in the second half of infancy appears to protect against childhood and adulthood obesity. Similarly infants on low protein formula have slower weight gain than infants fed high protein formulas.