A new report by the Food and Drug Administration has found that while a baby may be able to eat more, a small amount of sugar is required to sustain the baby for longer.
The new report, titled What You Need to Know About Nutrition and Your Baby’s Nutrition Needs, was released by the FDA this week.
The FDA, in a statement, says the report’s findings suggest that “inadequate or poorly formulated nutrition and/or inadequate or poorly administered supplements are potentially contributing factors in many infant and child obesity, overweight, and/ or obesity related deaths.”
The FDA notes that a small percentage of children who die of malnutrition have food allergies.
The report says that a child who is obese, overweight or has a pre-existing medical condition is more likely to develop a food allergy and/and die from it than an average child.
The findings are based on the CDC’s National Immunization Survey.
The survey was conducted in 2007 and 2008 and is considered a nationally representative sample of the US population.
The study found that in 2007, an estimated 5.6 million children aged 6 months to 5 years were overweight or obese.
That number rose to 9.4 million in 2010.
The CDC says about 80% of those who died from food allergies or other conditions were under 6 months old.
In 2008, about 22,000 children died from anaphylaxis.
The survey also found that about 4,500 infants died from malnutrition each year.
About 40% of the deaths occurred in the first 12 months of life, according to the CDC.
The agency notes that the report was a collaborative effort with the US Department of Agriculture’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center on Childhood Obesity and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.