Babies delivered by C Section more likely to be overweight according to study

According to a new review of case studies, babies who arrive via a Caesarean section have a slightly higher risk of becoming heavy or obese than those who are delivered vaginally. The results do not prove that Caesarean’s cause babies to put on weight, according to Dr Jianmeng Liu, one of the study’s authors who is also a professor at the Peking University Health Science Centre, the link between obesity and delivery should not be ignored even thought it can seem rather vague the stats say different.

Lui said that the potential burden on health that comes from obesity and its related diseases that have been associated with Caesarean births must be considered, even if the impact is modest. Previous research has tied this kind of delivery with a wide variety of unpleasant health outcomes in children such as allergies, diabetes and asthma, but Lui says the link between delivery and obesity is not as clear.

The research team gathered data from 9 studies that included over 200,000 people and those delivered by Caesarean were found to be 33% more likely to overweight or obese, says their report in the International Journal of Obesity. Almost 70% of US adults are overweight or obese, and a 33% increase on that figure gives you a nation where 93% are overweight, and that is a nation in serious trouble.

The risk of developing childhood obesity is higher again, with C Section kids 40% more likely to than their vaginally delivered counterparts. According to the latest figures from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1/5 kids in the US aged between 6 and 11 are obese and they carry this on into adulthood hood where they are joined by millions more whose weight problems start later on in their childhood or teen years.







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