Babies born by C-section may become overweight

Newborn babies are pictured at the university hospital of Leipzig, eastern Germany, on January 2, 2012. In the year 2011, more than 2100 babies were born at the hospital.       AFP PHOTO / WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH    GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Newborn babies all born the same day. Thirty percent of babies born in U.S. today are born of a C-section.

Babies born by way of C-section are 83 percent more likely to be overweight by the time they are 11 years old versus those who were born vaginally, according to a study conducted in the U.K.

Dr. Jan Blustein of New York University, analyzed the data of more than 10,219 babies born in Britain between 1991 and 1992.  The idea of the study according to International Journal of Obesity, was “to assess associations of Cesarean section with body mass from birth through adolescence.” And the effects were staggering.

According to the data found, originally children born by C-section weighed slightly less than the other children but at six weeks this changed. Analyzed at ages 3, 11 and 15 the trend continued to go up.

The study also found other health problems associated with C-sections. Children are more likely to develop asthma and five times more likely to develop allergies. The reason for these health problems is still relatively unknown but Blustein believed that babies not exposed to certain bacteria that they would have been when the babies are born naturally.

C-sections are on the rise in the U.S., with over 30 percent of babies delivered are by Cesarean section, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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