Question: The risk of childhood obesity for a baby delivered by Caesarean section versus a baby delivered naturally is...
Babies born by caesarean section are twice as likely to be obese because of differences in the bacteria in their gut, researchers have suggested.
Dr. Susanna Huh, of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, wrote in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood: "A mother who chooses caesarean delivery on maternal request should be aware of potential health risks to her and her baby, including childhood obesity and other potential long-term risks.
"In this study, infants delivered by caesarean section had twofold higher odds of childhood obesity, even after adjusting for maternal BMI, birth weight and other confounding variables."
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