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Study aims to identify predictors of rapid infant body fat gains

SPH researchers are using the latest technology to examine a critical period for obesity risk that has been sparsely studied until recently: the first four months of life.

The Minnesota Infant Nutrition and Neurodevelopment Obesity Study, or MINNOwS, will track fat and lean tissue changes in 150 infants from birth to four months of age to identify factors leading to rapid gains in body fat. The goal is to identify “protective” factors that ensure proper cognitive and physical development, while avoiding later obesity.

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