MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Parents will do just about anything to keep their kids healthy, but now it appears that could include a decision made at birth. A new study may have found a link between C-sections and toddler obesity.
Doctors in Boston studied more than 1,200 births and found that 16 percent of the children delivered by C-section were obese, compared to 7.5 percent of the children born naturally.READ MORE: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
But some Minnesota mothers find the study unconvincing.
Visit an indoor park on a rainy day, like Thursday, and you’ll see plenty of toddlers and moms. And many were skeptical of the new study.
“Well, I had a C-section,” said Ronda Engelhardt, of Roseville, “and [my daughter] is not obese.”
Kristie Dustin, of Cologne, gave a similar anecdote, saying that all three of her C-section-born children are tall and skinny.
“I don’t know how there could be a link, at all” she said.
But other mothers weren’t so sure about their thoughts on the study. Rachel Zacharias, of Minnetonka, who gave birth to both her children naturally, was hesitant to give a statement on the study’s results.READ MORE: Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
“I’m not a doctor,” she said.
What the researchers think is this: bacteria that a baby is exposed to in the birth canal might be a factor. Another factor might be the hormones released during birth.
And some doctors hope the study influences mothers’ decisions about elective C-sections.
Dr. Patricia Fontaine, of HealthPartners Research Foundation, said women should only get C-sections for the right reasons.
“[The study] should have women thinking twice and make sure that when caesarian is their choice, it’s for a good medical reason,” she said.
It’s estimated that between 4 and 16 percent of the C-sections in the U.S. are performed at the mother’s request.
Meanwhile, most moms at the park pointed out that there are other ways to keep kids healthy, too.MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
“I can make the choice of I’m gonna have McDonald’s today with my kids or…we’re gonna eat fruit and veggies for lunch,” Zacharias said.