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A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that children delivered via Cesarean section (CS) in Japan are at a slightly increased risk of developing obesity by the age of three, even among an ethnicity less prone to obesity.
The researchers found that the risk remained even after considering the mother’s age and weight.
Previous studies have also shown that C-section delivery increases the risk of childhood obesity, likely because of changes in the baby’s gut bacteria. Asians pregnant women are also more likely to have obese children than Whites and Europeans.
The study suggests that how a baby is born may affect their risk of obesity later in life, and more research is needed to understand why.
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