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C-section Births Linked to Greater Risk of Obesity

Researchers at Harvard this week announced a possible link between cesarean section births and obesity that raises new questions for expectant parents to ask about potential long-term health risks. Newborns delivered by cesarean section are 15 percent more likely to be obese than babies passed through the birth canal, according to a team of researchers at the Harvard T.H.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The different methods of birth delivery initially establish the gut microbiome.  At this age, the gut microbiome is established for life, setting the stage for future metabolic endotoxemia caused by a leaky gut if you have the wrong microbiome. One of the consequences of metabolic endotoxemia is increased obesity.

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