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Birth By C-Section: A Risk For Childhood Obesity?

Posted Jul 30 2012 2:55pm

From PLOS…..

Both Travis and I are at that age when our Facebook feed is becoming dominated by photos of our friends’ babies; many of my close friends have added an adorable member to their family over the past few years.

A while back, my partner Marina and I watched a fascinating documentary by ex-talk show host, Ricki Lake, entitled “The Business of Being Born.”The documentary exposes the many changes have occurred surrounding the way women give birth in US hospitals, namely the increased use of drugs and increased rates of caesarean sections – two factors that expedite the process. Here is a small clip from the documentary which I highly recommend watching:

Although I am no expert in gynecology and obstetrics, I have long-wondered what these changes in hospital procedures can have on the health of the mother and baby. Sadly, a recent study I came across suggests that babies born by c-section are at higher risk of obesity in early childhood compared to those born vaginally.

In the study, the authors assessed a total of 1255 children at age 3 and compared the body weights and body composition of those born via c-section (284 births or 22.6%) to those born naturally.

Here’s what’s interesting: at age 3, 15.7% of children delivered by c-section were obese compared with 7.5% of children born vaginally. The obesity rates were more than doubled for c-sections!

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