Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 04:43 pm

If you’ve been told that being born vis C-section will condemn your child to a lifetime of battling obesity, fear not

Women who have C-sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally.

This is according to a large study from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that contradicts several smaller studies. As it turns out, the smaller studies did not consider the numerous maternal and prenatal factors.

C-sections on the rise

Cesarean or C-section deliveries have soared in recent years, from 6.7 percent globally in 1990 to around 19.1 percent in 2014, according to earlier reports.

The jump has sparked intense research into the long-term consequences of C-section birth, on the offsprings’ health, and several studies have linked cesarean deliveries with increased risk for asthma, various allergies and obesity.

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The study

The researchers in this study compared the body-mass index (BMI) of nearly 100 000 male 18-year-olds and divided them into categories depending on whether they were born through vaginal delivery, elective C-section or non-elective C-section.

According to the data, 5.5 and 5.6 percent of the young men, delivered through elective and non-elective C-section respectively, were obese compared to 4.9 percent of the men delivered vaginally.

After accounting for other factors known to impact offspring weight – including maternal pre-pregnancy BMI, maternal and gestational age, and the presence of diabetes, hypertension, smoking and preeclampsia in the mother – the researchers concluded that the method of childbirth did not play a significant role in determining the risk of obesity in the offspring.

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