Scientists claim C-section babies are more prone to obesity because they miss out on beneficial bacteria in the birth canal.
The startling statistic is the result of research in Brazil, and could change the way moms-to-be approach childbirth. But do you agree?
The study was carried out on 2,000 people in Brazil, aged between 23 and 35.
Scientists at Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre insist the findings have nothing to do with the C-section procedure itself — they claim Caesarian-birthed babies are missing out on beneficial bacteria found in the birth canal that helps teach the body how to burn calories later in life.
But not everyone agrees with the research. Dr. Ian Campbell, medical director of Weight Concern, insists more work needs to be done, telling the Daily Mail, “This is a very interesting finding, which is difficult to interpret without knowing the weight of the mothers while pregnant.”
“However, women who have a Caesarean are less likely to breastfeed, which helps prevent obesity in children by establishing a healthier weight in childhood.”
“There are many different ways of influencing obesity in adulthood and this is another area for research.”
Tell us what you think HollyMoms — did your C-section babies turn out bigger? or smaller?
— Ian Garland
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