Using sample of 1,255 pairs of mother and children in eastern Massachusetts from 1999 to 2002, a team of researchers led by Dr. Susanna Huh of Children's Hospital in Boston, found that mothers and children who delivered by Cesarean section could be linked to risk of obesity. The sample was divided into two parts, 284 were delivered by caesarean section representing 22.6% of total, while 77.4% were delivered vaginally. The study is being published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
The study found mothers who delivered by Cesarean section tended to be over weigh. In the same time their toddlers will also weight more than those delivering naturally. Researchers also warned that Cesarean section mothers will not be able to breastfed their babies for a longer span than those delivering vaginally.
Researchers found that by the time children reached age 3 year old, 15.7% of children delivered by caesarean section were obese. While for children born vaginally, only 7.5% were obese.