C-Section Babies More Likely To Become Overweight

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From Your Health Journal…..”I am always a fan of stories posted on Fox News. This article states that children born via cesarean section are slightly more likely than babies delivered vaginally to become heavy or obese. It is not so much the c section that puts on the weight, rather, the delivery of the baby. Past research has stated children who had C sections were more likely to have asthma, allergies, and diabetes. Experts are not 100 percent sure how c sections may cause this, but it may be related to bacteria when a child is delivered vaginally, or even that c sections babies are linked with a lower concentration in the umbilical cord of a hormone important in regulating weight and with a reduced rate of breastfeeding, both of which are reported to be associated with an increased risk of later obesity. I highly recommend reading this informative article.”

From the article…..

Children born via cesarean section are slightly more likely than babies delivered vaginally to become heavy or obese, according to a new review of studies.

The results don’t prove that c-sections cause kids to put on weight, but Dr. Jianmeng Liu, one of the authors of the study and a professor at Peking University Health Science Center in China, said the link between the delivery and obesity is important to keep in mind.

“The potential health burden of obesity and other diseases associated with c-section births should not be neglected, even if its impact is modest, particularly given” how often births happen that way, Liu told Reuters Health in an email.

Previous research has tied c-sections to a variety of untoward health outcomes in children, including asthma, allergies and diabetes.

Liu said that the relationship between the type of delivery and obesity among kids hasn’t been as clear.

The research team collected the results from nine studies that included more than 200,000 people.

People were 33 percent more likely to be overweight or obese if they were born by c-section, researchers report in the International Journal of Obesity.

Nearly 70 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. A 33 percent increase from that number would mean that 93 percent would be heavy.

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