06 Jun 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: A study conducted by the New York University of Medicine, US, revealed that babies that are born vaginally are at a lower risk of being heavy kids and teens as compared to those that are delivered through caesarean (C) section. The study has been published in the journal, International Journal of Obesity.
The research, which was led by Dr Jan Blustein from the New York University of Medicine, US, was conducted on 10,000 infants born between 1991 and 1992 in the UK. The study showed that the kids born via C section were 1.83 times more likely to be obese by the age of 11 as compared to those children born via normal delivery.
Although the researchers couldn't determine the reason as to why kids born through C section had higher chances of becoming obese, they predicted that these babies are not exposed to the bacteria present in the birth canal that normal delivery babies are exposed to.
These bacteria are known to play a role in prevention of childhood obesity. The bacteria in the mother's gastrointestinal tract are the important nutrients that promote digestive health and also promote hormone production. Most importantly they provide vitamins.