Is the widespread use of infant formula partly responsible for obesity rates?

Is the widespread use of infant formula partly responsible for obesity rates? The following passage suggests that there might be a link:

“Overfeeding during the postnatal period influences the development of the hypothalamus (such as neuronal connectivity) (Plagemann, 2006). Leptin, a hormone, is a produced by adipocytes and nutrition-induced changes in this hormone during development may result in abnormal hypothalamic development and function (Bouret, 2013; Plagemann, 2006). Animals exposed to postnatal overfeedings display leptin resistance that occurs before the animals become obese suggesting that this hormonal resistance may initiate the development and maintenance of obesity (Glavas et al., 2010).”1


  1. Donna L Mendrick, Anna Mae Diehl, Lisa S Topor, Rodney R Dietert, Yvonne Will, Michele A La Merrill, Sebastien Bouret, Vijayalaskshmi Varma, Kenneth L Hastings, Thaddeus T Schug, Susan G Emeigh Hart, Florence G Burleson, Metabolic Syndrome and Associated Diseases: From the Bench to the Clinic, Toxicological Sciences, Volume 162, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages 36–42, https://doi-org.libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/10.1093/toxsci/kfx233 ↩︎

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