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Infancy antibiotics use does not lead to childhood obesity

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 28 January 2020

RNZ, 23 January, 2020

The biggest study of its kind has found taking antibiotics in infancy DOES NOT lead to childhood obesity, despite previous studies suggesting a link. Antibiotics change the bacteria in the gut - and studies on animals suggested this could lead to weight gain. But a study led by Professor Wayne Cutfield from The Univeristy of Auckland's Liggins Institute, looked at the use of antibiotics during pregnancy and the first two years of life and also a child's BMI at four-years-old, and found that's not the case. Professor Cutfield began by explaining to First Up's Lydia Batham why they looked into the association. 

To listen to Wayne Cutfield's interview, click here