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Protein levels and intake in early life and its relationship with growth and risk of NCDs

Prof. Jean-Charles Picaud


Factors in the first 2 years of life can lead to development of obesity and risk for the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Protein levels in milk has been identified as a risk factor for obesity and adiposity formation in the child, with breastmilk as having the ideal level resulting in normal growth trajectories. Lower protein levels of formula compared to conventional levels is associated with lower body mass index (BMI). Those on higher protein levels have higher BMI and risk for obesity in childhood. Proper nutrition and maintenance of normal growth trajectories are important to promote health and development in the child.