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Antibiotics before age two ups childhood obesity risk

Antibiotics before age two ups childhood obesity risk
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Administration of three or more courses of antibiotics before a child reaches the age of two is linked to increased risk of early childhood obesity,...

New York: Administration of three or more courses of antibiotics before a child reaches the age of two is linked to increased risk of early childhood obesity, says a new study. "Antibiotics have been used to promote weight-gain in livestock for several decades and our research confirms that antibiotics have the same effect in humans," said Frank Irving Scott from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

"Our results do not imply that antibiotics should not be used when necessary, but rather encourage both physicians and parents to think twice about antibiotic usage in infants in the absence of well-established indications," Scott added in the paper published in the journal Gastroenterology.

The researchers performed a large population-representative group study in the Britain to assess the association between antibiotic exposure before age 2 and obesity at the age of 4 years.

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