Elective caesarians cause obesity?

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Sometimes, you see something in the media, and you just know it is fiction. The intention is probably good, but the dishonesty is palpable. Here we go again. A newspaper reports. quote.

Babies born through scheduled – but not emergency – caesarean sections are more likely to be overweight by the time they’re a year old, new findings suggest.

The authors of the new study – among them, renowned paediatrician Professor Sir Peter Gluckman – say expectant parents should be advised how their choice of delivery could influence their babies’ risk of being overweight. end quote.

Sir Peter Gluckman, huh? The man who advised the John Key government that one level of methamphetamine contamination in houses was harmful then changed his mind as soon as the government changed? Sorry. Your credibility is non existent. quote.

Globally, caesarean rates have more than doubled over the past two decades, with a rising proportion of them elective caesareans, performed before the mother goes into labour.

The most recent figures showed about a quarter of New Zealand births were through C-section, and of those, just over half were under emergency conditions. end quote.

Let us just think about this for a moment, shall we? So, an elective caesarian causes childhood obesity but an emergency caesarian does not?

I’m sorry, but this is garbage. Total garbage. How can this possibly be true?

I had an emergency caesarian. Nothing serious, just a labour that was not progressing. The child was a chubby little boy at one-year-old at exactly the time that they are talking about here. A few days after his first birthday, he started to walk, and then to run and lost all the excess weight by the time he was 15 months old.

Is it possible that a 1-year-old child is overweight because it needs to start moving more and then, once that happens, the weight simply comes off?

We all know that obesity is caused by consuming too many calories. This is common in young children who are not walking yet. The problem soon goes away once the child starts to walk and that is exactly what happened to me.

I simply do not see how an elective, but not an emergency caesarian could cause obesity.

However what I can see is a situation where the medical professionals might want to discourage women from having elective caesareans.

I don’t blame them for that, because elective surgery no doubt will be putting the hospital system under pressure but, let us be honest about it, shall we?

As for Peter Gluckmann, his credibility was already destroyed over the meth issue. That he now puts his name to this fabrication just makes it worse.

 


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