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    Babies born by c/s at greater risk for obesity

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    Really interesting study and good follow up to another other recent study that looked at gut flora/mode of delivery. I'm hoping this will stimulate greater funding for microflora research.

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    I was delivered by c-section and fed soy formula. I was obese with high blood pressure by age 1. Only one in the entire family with such growth, only one not breast-fed. I have also had lifelong hormonal imbalance. Uphill battle literally since day one.
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    Sorry, disagree. I had both my children by c-sect. Both were nursed, I for 6 weeks the other for 6 months. The youngest was small and petite, a gymnast growing up. She is now a little overweight, but not much, and most of that is a bad diet as a college student. The oldest is maybe 10-15 lbs overweight from a sedentary lifestyle. Genetics, diet, and activity factor more into it then having a c-sect!

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    My twins, almost 23, were born by C-section. They weighed 6lbs 12oz and 6 lbs 15oz and were breast fed for a year. They have always been and continue to be lean.

    And obesity runs in the family.

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    The c-section, obesity correlation could also be due woman having c-sections often being more unhealthy (gestational diabetes, less strong, etc) than those who are able to give birth vaginally. Not all woman who have c-sections are unhealthy--birth has complications, especially with twins!--so you'll have kids who do perfectly fine after being brought into the world through c-section.

    Could the children have been healthier if they got the gut bacteria through delivery? It makes sense, and I hope the child currently residing in my belly will come out vaginally. But, life doesn't always work out perfectly, and I am happy to see many healthy children come from c-sections too!

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    Our child will be born by c-section due to my wife's back problems. I was born by that mode and I can categorically say the biggest factor in my being overweight is pure gluttony and ill-informed nutrition knowledge in the family.

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    I was a c-section baby (cos I was busy doing acrobatics in the womb when I was meant to be making my grand entrance) and I was overweight for a bit (like bmi 26 or something), but I have never been obese.

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    Gastrointestinal bacteria, huh? I bet that Chinese newborn rescued from the toilet pipes will be super fit and lean.

    Or not. Feed your baby breastmilk as intended and s/he will be much better off than those soy-fed babies.
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    You guys, this study isn't saying that ALL babies born to c/s are bound to be obese or overweight. It is simply showing a positive correlation between types of gastrointestinal bacteria and metabolic function....that is the take home message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meghanner View Post
    You guys, this study isn't saying that ALL babies born to c/s are bound to be obese or overweight. It is simply showing a positive correlation between types of gastrointestinal bacteria and metabolic function....that is the take home message.
    I know, right?

    I love the study of gut bacteria. I think it will one day be our savior. We have learned lots, but there is still a lot to learn. Studies like the one you linked above are a great starting point and prove direct correlations between gut bacteria and health.

    There is one particular strain of bacteria getting a lot of attention recently: akkermansia mucinphila Akkermansia muciniphila gen. nov., sp. nov., a human intestinal mucin-degrading bacterium

    There is one proven way to ensure that gut bacteria are given the best possible living environment: prebiotics

    Eating plenty of plant matter loaded with prebiotics (food for gut microbes) ensures that the beneficial bacteria will thrive and out-pace the pathogenic bacteria present. Prebiotics are the oligosaccarides and resistant starches mainly. Fairly easy to get when eating wisely. Impossible to get when obsessing about, and eliminating most carbs.

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