C-section Babies Are 26% More Likely To Be Overweight As Adults
Babies born by Caesarean section are 26 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood, according to the biggest study of its kind
Researchers from the Imperial College London analysed 150,000 births from 10 countries around the world, and found the odds were around 26 per cent higher of being overweight and 22 per cent of being obese for those born by C-section when compared with those delivered vaginally.
“There are good reasons why a C-section may be the best option for many mothers and their babies, and C-sections can on occasion be life-saving,” says Professor Neena Modi, senior author of the study. “However, we need to understand the long-term outcomes in order to provide the best advice to women who are considering Caesarean delivery. We now need to determine whether this is the result of the C-section, or if other reasons explain the association.
Caesarean birth figures for Irish hospitals in 2011 show drastic variations across the country’s 19 public maternity units. Figures released in January 2014, after a Freedom of Information request from AIMS Ireland, showed that St Luke’s in Kilkenny had the highest rate of Caesarean deliveries at 38 per cent of all deliveries, while Sligo General has the country’s lowest at 19 per cent. The National Maternity Street, Holles Street had a rate of 21.5 per cent. These figures are in stark contrast to the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 10-15 per cent.
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