Obese Moms May Overfeed Babies

A file photo from Marina Abramovic's 1977 performance piece titled "Imponderabilia"; the artist is shown at left, with co-performer Ulay and a visitor in-between. MOMA is recreating the piece as part of a retrospective of Abramovic's work.
Obese mothers may be more likely to overfeed their infants and interact with them less, according to new research.

Although it was a very small study involving only seven mothers and their infants, researchers say the results indicate that the way obese mothers feed and interact with their babies may increase the risk of childhood obesity in later years.

The study showed that the obese mothers fed their children more calorie-rich food and spent less time feeding them and interacting with them than normal-weight women during a 24-hour monitoring period.

Researchers say the role of parents, especially mothers, in controlling the diet of infants is critical in preventing obesity later in life, but this is the first study to look at whether a mother's own weight may affect how she feeds or interacts with her baby.