Posted: May 24, 2012 10:43 AM by NBC News (CC)
Updated: May 24, 2012 10:47 AM
Babies born by Cesarean section are twice as likely to be obese by the age of three, according to a new study from Children's Hospital in Boston.
Of the more than 1,200 mother-child pairs studied, C-section babies had a higher body mass index and skin fold thickness by three years old.
This was true regardless of their birth weight or their mother's weight.
Researchers speculate C-section babies are born with more intestinal bacteria that may increase inflammation, insulin resistance and the production of fat deposits.