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Public Health England say three quarters of babies and toddlers are overfed

It's normal to feel ecstatic when your toddler clears their plate (it beats Weetabix smushed in mummy's hair, eh!), however experts have warned that too many babies and toddlers are consuming far too many calories. 

In the first guidelines published in over 20 years, it's believed that UK babies and toddlers may be overfed by their parents. 

The report issued by Public Health England (PHE) says that around three-quarters of children aged between 18 months and four years old are overweight due to overfeeding.

The data comes from the Infant Feeding Survey and the Diet and Nutrition Survey of Infants and Young Children carried out in 2010 and 2011.

Public Health England says more up-to-date statistics are needed and is recommending the Department of Health and Social Care considers this.

Overweight children are also more likely to become overweight adults, so the PSE are keen to put in guidelines to help protect infants from a future list of potential health problems. 

Part of the next phase of the government's plan to tackle childhood obesity includes examining whether baby food is healthy enough and whether it contains too much sugar.

  • According to BBC News, the new infant feeding guidelines from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommend:
  • Babies should be exclusively breastfed for around the first six months of life
  • Solid foods can be introduced at around six months
  • Cows' milk should not be given until 12 months
  • Avoid high sugar or high salt foods
  • Foods containing peanut and hens' eggs can be introduced at six months because delaying this might increase the risk of food allergy (but seek advice if there is a strong family history of food allergy)

Prof Mary Fewtrell, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said they noted the concerns raised and said the prevalence of overfeeding and overweight infants should be monitored and addressed.

Prof Louis Levy, head of nutrition science at PHE, said "exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age and not introducing solid foods until around this time" would help avoid infants becoming "too heavy".

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GALLERY: 20 celebrities reveal their rather unusual pregnancy cravings

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Holly Willoughby 

One of the nations favourite television presenters, Holly Willoughby has spoken openly about her pregnancies several times but when speaking about her pregnancy cravings one thing is always clear, she loves a sweet treat. Speaking to Asda’s Good Living magazine she said:
“My sweet tooth was out of control. Harry was made of cupcakes and with Belle, it was worse. I’d just eat the buttercream, chuck the sponge and get another one!”
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Fearne Cotton 

Fearne Cotton is now known for her ultra-healthy lifestyle and diet but when asked about her pregnancy cravings by Closer back in 2015, Fearne kept her answer short and sweet saying: ‘Lots of carbs. Plenty of bread!’
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Stacey Solomon 

Former X-Factor star turned television presenter, Stacey Solomon, revealed that her pregnancy craving was pickles. Recalling her second pregnancy she said: “I drove to a McDonalds drive through and ordered a cup of pickles. Literally, I had a McDonalds cup filled just with pickles.” 
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Binky Felstead 

Made In Chelsea’s very own yummy mummy, Binky Felstead welcomed her first child with co-star and boyfriend, Josh Patterson in June of last year. During her pregnancy she revealed she revealed all things ‘naughty’, the health conscious star told OK!: ‘Lot’s of carbs! I can’t get enough of pizza, burgers, fish and chips – anything naughty!’
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Rochelle Humes 

The Saturdays singer and wife to JLS band member, Marvin Humes, is now a mum of two, but whilst pregnant with her second daughter she kept all her fans up to date through Instagram. She posted a picture of her lunch captioned: “Finished my voiceover, on way to a shoot. Stopped to grab lunch, the lady looked at me VERY strangely when I made my order. 
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Frankie Bridge 

Another member of girl band, The Saturdays, Frankie Bridge now has two children with husband and footballer, Wayne Bridge. Whilst she has never spoken about pregnancy cravings specifically she did admit in during her first pregnancy she missed alcohol. Speaking to BANG Showbiz in 2013 she admitted: "I've never been a massive drinker, but now I am not allowed I am like, 'Oh, I kind of want one."
 
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Emma Willis 

Television presenter and wife to Busted band member Matt Willis, Emma Willis admitted that during her pregnancy she only craved one thing, oranges, although she did say she ate a lot of sugar during her pregnancy. “The only food I crave is oranges, although I have to take folic acid supplements to balance out all the sugar I eat. Biscuits, chocolate, cakes and sugar are what I can’t get enough of.”

 
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Billie Faiers

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Sam Faiers 

Younger sister to Billie Faiers and fellow Towie star, Sam Faiers told OK! magazine she gained ‘just under a stone’ during her pregnancy. She went onto explain: ‘I’ve not been strict with myself, I’ve just been eating healthy and mixing it up with the desserts I fancy.’
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Kim Kardashian West

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Chrissy Teigen

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Blake Lively 

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Emma Bunton 

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Victoria Beckham 

Another member of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham, had a very stereotypically British craving, an insider revealed: "Victoria's having a lot of tea and toast with lashings of marmalade. She can't get enough of the stuff."
 
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Amy Adams 

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Kylie Jenner 

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Jennifer Connelly

When morning sickness hits the last thing most people would want to do is eat but not actress Jennifer Connelly. Jennifer told David Letterman on The Late Show, that she dealt with the nausea she had with her third pregnancy by eating pretzels dipped in cream cheese! 
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Angelina Jolie 

 
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Kourtney Kardashian 

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Pink 

Most people develop a sweeter tooth than usual when pregnant but not Pink. The singer and mother to daughter Willow told Access Hollywood she craved “Sour Patch Kids, or Sour Skittles, sour anything,"

 

 
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