Early childhood obesity associated with antibiotic exposure

September 30, 2014 7:24 AM

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Early childhood obesity associated with antibiotic exposure

Currently, 1 in 3 children and adolescents in the US are either overweight or obese. What is more, this obesity is not simply a consequence of unhealthy behaviors in adolescence - by the age of 24 months, 10% of children are obese.

Factors identified as influencing early childhood obesity include maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), nutritional intake, physical activity, sleep duration and screen time. However, researchers have now begun to investigate the influence that colonies of microbes residing in the gut might ...

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