Babies who are born through caesarean section were more likely to become obese by the time they are teenagers compared to babies being delivered vaginally, a new study revealed.
Researchers at New York University School of Medicine observed over 10,000 infants in the UK who were born between 1991 and 1992 and found that by the time they turned 11 years old, those who were delivered through a C-section were 83 percent more likely to be obese than those delivered naturally.
The study was in line with nine other studies that had also linked C-sections with obesity.
"Being heavy as a woman is a risk factor for C-section, so that's the problem with trying to figure out whether this is real or if it's simply a matter of selection. There may be long-term consequences to children that we don't know about", lead researcher Dr Jan Blustein said.