Children born to mothers who did not smoke, maintained ideal gestational weight and breastfed for at least 12 months, as well as children who got at least 12 hours of sleep as an infant, were less likely to be obese than those with the opposite factors, according to a study presented at an Obesity Society meeting. More than half of cases of childhood obesity could be prevented if the population reduced the number of these adverse risk factors from two or more to zero or one, researchers said.

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