Study shows link between C-sections and childhood obesity
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CHARLOTTE -- A new study suggests that the way your child is born could determine whether they will be overweight. The report says babies born by caesarean section are twice as likely to become obese.
It suggests that bacteria from the abdomen could contribute to an above average weight by the time the child is 3 years old. However, some doctors say the study is not likely to change delivery options for most women.
"There's 99 reasons for a C-section as opposed to the point one reason for childhood obesity," said Dr. Mark Bland from the Rankin Women's Center. "Most C-sections are not elective and most women won't change their minds because of the obesity risks."
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School conducted the study.