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C-Section May Boost Risk of Obesity in Adulthood

szefei/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Babies born via C-sections are more apt to have weight problems later in life than those who are born by vaginal delivery.

That’s the finding of researchers from Imperial College London, who are now trying to figure out why this happens.

Dr. Neena Modi, the study’s senior author, says an analysis of 15 different studies involving 38,000 participants in 10 countries showed that the risk of becoming overweight or obese is 26 percent higher for caesarean babies.

Modi doesn’t argue that the procedure may be the best option for some moms but admits that the link to obesity is one that has to be further explored in order to give women the best advice concerning long-term consequences.

Dr. Matthew Hyde, who also took part in the research, has a couple of theories about weight gains in C-section babies, including differences in healthy bacteria that develop in the gut.

Hyde adds, “The compression of the baby during vaginal birth appears to influence which genes are switched on, and this could have a long-term effect on metabolism.”

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