Too Soon Antibiotics Could Lead To Chubby Babies

Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday.

“We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly studies suggest it’s more complicated,” said co-author Leonardo Trasande of the New York University School of Medicine. “Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories, and exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients into our bodies, and would otherwise keep us lean.”

The study adds to a growing body of research warning of the potential dangers of antibiotics, especially for children. This was the first study analyzing the relationship between antibiotic use and body mass starting in infancy.

The researchers evaluated the use of antibiotics among 11,532 children born in Britain’s Avon region in 1991 and 1992 who are participating in a long-term study on their health and development. They found that children treated with antibiotics in the first five months of their life weighed more for their height than those who were not exposed. The difference was small between the ages of 10 to 20 months, but by 38 months of age, children exposed to antibiotics had a 22 percent greater likelihood of being overweight.

Timing appeared to matter — children who received antibiotics from the ages of six to 14 months did not have a significantly higher body mass later in childhood, the study revealed. And although children exposed to antibiotics at 15 to 23 months had slightly higher body mass indices by age seven, there was no significant increase in their likelihood of being overweight or obese. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Do you agree with this study? Have you observed that children who are given antibiotics early become overweight or obese? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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Weight Beliefs You Shouldn’t Believe

If you’re feeling down about how you look, then this blog is for you! I recently read this list of myths from my fellow editors at Best Health magazine. Don’t we all fall for these at one point or another?

My ideal weight was when I graduated college, or before I had kids. 

If you’re hoping to get back to what you weighed a few years ago, fine. But if you’re looking at 10 or more years down memory lane, stop. Many people put on weight as they get older, and a slower metabolism makes it all the harder to slim down as easily or as quickly as you did in the past. Don’t live in the past! Set a goal that works for the way you live now.

I’ll find my ideal weight on a standard height and weight chart.

Many factors play a role in determining your weight, such as your body type, the number of fat cells you have, how muscular you are, et cetera. The numbers on a standard body mass index (BMI) chart are just approximations, and may not be the best gauge of good health. Studies show they may undercount some women as overweight by not measuring body fat and overcount others who have a higher ratio of muscle to fat.

The less I weigh, the healthier I’ll be.

Not true. In fact, many studies show that if you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight is all you have to do to reap the bulk of the health benefits associated with weight loss: lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

What other weight myths have you recently encountered? How do you achieve or maintain your ideal weight? Share your fitness secrets with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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