Effect of Dietary Protein on Plasma Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1, Growth, and Body Composition in Healthy Term Infants

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Obesity is now an epidemic worldwide. Early nutrition can have a significant impact on the growth and weight gain in infants, leading to obesity in adulthood. Protein intake during infancy and childhood plays a significant role in influencing obesity in later life. The effect of protein intake on the rapid weight gain during infancy is mediated by the insulin-like growth factor 1, which can be an important target for intervention to tackle obesity early in its course.