• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Why Media Depiction of Breasts Gets Failing Grade

  1. I read the article from the New England Journal of Medicine, including the information at the end about the authors. Dr Allison has received consulting fees from Meade Johnson in the past. That company is one of the ones that make infant formula. Formula companies have a financial incentive in having Moms use their product, and not breast feed. Their assertion that formula feeding was not a major determinant of obesity made me wonder about the possibility of bias. There have been countless studies that have shown that breastfed infants are more lean at a year of age than formula fed infants. They discussed the comparison at six years of age, five years or more after they’ve been weaned. They should have been comparing the obesity rate at one year for a more accurate comparison. Few children are still receiving Breastmilk at six years. That would be the true comparison.

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