Last year, the American Gastroenterological Association published a study
analyzing the effects of antibiotics taken before age 2 on obesity
levels by age 4. They found that young children who had been exposed to
antibiotics before age 2 had a 25 percent relative increase of being
obese by age 4. The risk is strongest with 3 or more repeated courses of
antibiotics. Frank Irving Scott, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of
medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, and
adjunct scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at
the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, stated, "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 . .
. Our work supports the theory that antibiotics may progressively alter
the composition and function of the gut microbiome, thereby
predisposing children to obesity as is seen in livestock and animal
Since the 1970s, the percentage of American children who are obese has tripled. Currently, about 1 in 5 school-aged children is obese in the US. In Canada, WHO estimates one third of Canadian children are obese. The CDC lists several ways obesity impacts a child's well-being:
with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health
conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma,
sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors
for heart disease.
with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight
peers, and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression,
and lower self-esteem.
the long term, childhood obesity also is associated with having obesity
as an adult, which is linked to serious conditions and diseases such as
heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and several types
Overuse of antibiotics is already a huge problem, and avoiding them as
much as possible is important for preserving your gut flora. Antibiotics
indiscriminately neutralize gut bacteria, which is why, if an
antibiotic must be taken, it should always be followed by a probiotic to
restore proper gut balance.
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