Submission to the Senate Committe on the Obesity Epidemic in Australia
This submission to the Senate was to draw attention to the consolidated case for infant self-feeding as an obesity prevention initiative, simply by supporting development of health self-regulation habits.
The bottom line is that no country has - or will - reduce their obesity rate simply by providing information on healthy diet and exercise patterns.
This hasn't worked in 188 countries in 30+ years because dietary habits set from infancy are the biggest contributor; typical scapegoats of poor diet and exercise are merely exacerbating factors.
Intervention is needed in earliest stages, and self-feeding can makes things so much less stressful for child and parent – if given the right tools for messier foods.