C-Section Babies Are 50 Percent More Likely To Be Fat Adults!

Mon, May 16, 2011 10:06am EST by 1 Comment

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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Posted at 11:33 AM on May 16, 2011  

It has nothing to do with the c-section itself. It has to do with the reason for the c-section. For instance, a mother who has gestational diabetes is more likely to have a large birth weight baby. Because of the mother’s diabetes, the baby is more likely to have childhood or adult obesity. Since the baby is so large, usually the mother requires a c-section. Thus it is not the c-section that causes the susceptibility to obesity, it is the reason why the c-section occurred in the first place. In the case of a breech baby I think it’s simply coincidence.

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