Anti-obesity baby milk plan

Scientists are developing an infant formula designed to be given to babies to prevent them growing up fat. The controversial research aims to supplement baby milk with a hormone that suppresses hunger.

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Studies in mice have found that large doses of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin during infancy permanently prevent excess weight gain and reduce the chances of Type 2 diabetes.

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Now researchers at the University of Buckingham say a leptin-enriched baby milk which does exactly the same is less than 10 years away.

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Other specialists in the field condemned the search for a medical answer to obesity, saying it is a modern social ill and that people need to address their lifestyles, not look for an artificial quick fix.

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