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What is The Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) Study?

Becoming overweight is one of the biggest threats to health in the 21st century in many countries including New Zealand.  Growth in early childhood sets the pattern for future growth, and if excessive, childhood and adult obesity.  We already know that these days 1 in 3 children aged 5-14 years are overweight or obese, and that this is much more common than 15 years ago.


What babies eat, how they play and how well they sleep may all be important in how fast babies put on weight. POI.nz is a 3-year Health Research Council funded study designed to work out whether extra information and support for families can improve eating and activity, encourage better sleep for babies and parents, reduce post-natal depression, improve a family’s wellbeing and reduces the rate of excessive weight gain during infancy.