30 Jan '12, 3am

Children born by C-section are no more likely to become obese than if they were born vaginally: Study

(REUTERS) - Children born by Cesarean section are no more likely to become obese than if they are born vaginally, according to a Brazilian study. Past research from Brazil had found a link between excessive weight and C-sections, leading some scientists to suggest that not being exposed to bacteria from the birth canal could make children fatter, but the latest findings - published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - suggest this doesn't appear to be the case. The research is of particular interest in Brazil, because in 2009 more than half of the babies there were born by C-section. In the United States, the number has been on the rise for years and is now over 30 per cent.

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