Babies eating habits can cause obesity in later life

Babies who display certain eating habits are at a higher risk of becoming obese as they grow up, a study has claimed.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University College London, found that infants with a hearty appetite who take longer to feel full-up could be genetically predisposed to obesity.

The researchers observed the eating habits of same-sex twins born in 2007 for the first 15 months of their life, looking at their weight and eating habits, huffingtonpost.co.uk reports.

The study found that on average, the twin with the higher responsiveness to food and lower satiety was around 654 grams heavier than their twin at six months and 991 grams heavier at 15 months.

Lead scientist Professor Jane Wardle, from the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, told telegraph.co.uk that obesity is a major cause for concern in child health. If research can help to identify the causes of obesity in children, then it could be possible to tackle the problem more effectively with earlier treatment.

Professor Wardle said: "It might make life easy to have a baby with a hearty appetite, but as she grows up, parents may need to be alert for tendencies to be somewhat over-responsive to food cues in the environment, or somewhat unresponsive to fullness."