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Children born by Caesarean more likely to end up obese

By Ella Pickover

Published 07/09/2016

The new study found that those born by C-section were 15% more likely to be obese in childhood
The new study found that those born by C-section were 15% more likely to be obese in childhood

Children delivered by Caesarean section are more likely to be obese than those born naturally, research suggests.

The new study found that those born by C-section were 15% more likely to be obese in childhood.

And the increased risk may persist through adulthood, according to researchers from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

About one in every four to five pregnant women in the UK has a Caesarean section.

Senior author Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology, said: "Caesarean deliveries are without a doubt a necessary and life-saving procedure in many cases.

"But Caesareans also have some known risks to the mother and the newborn. Our findings show that risk of obesity in the offspring could be another factor to consider."

The researchers examined 16 years of data from more than 22,000 young adults in the Growing Up Today study.

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