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Do Antibiotics During Infancy Cause Childhood Obesity?

For children who receive multiple rounds of antibiotics before the age of two, the risk of being overweight or obese by the age of five may be higher, Reuters article reports. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics showed that kids who took antibiotics at least four times before the age of two were 11 percent more likely to be obese than children who did not take antibiotics at all. Antibiotics can kill some of the bacteria in the stomach, resulting in a change in the body composition, and an increased likelihood of obesity.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in JAMA Pediatrics.