Babies given antibiotics in the first six months of life are more likely to be fat as toddlers, a large-scale study has found.
The researchers said say that just as antibiotics are used to make farm animals put on weight, the may also be fattening our children.
Writing in the respected medical journal Pediatrics, they said that the widely-prescribed drugs could be contributing to the obesity epidemic. A third of 10-11 year olds and more than a fifth of 4-5 year olds in England are overweight or obese, leading to fears that today's generation will be the first to die at an earlier age than their parents.The Finnish researchers compared the weight and height of more than 12,000 healthy two year old with records on antibiotic prescription. By two years-old, one in five boys and one in ten girls was overweight or obese. And children who had taken antibiotics as young babies were particularly likely to be overweight.
Source - Daily Mail