New York: Infants younger than five months who are given antibiotics are more likely to be overweight in childhood, according to a new study. Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service found that exposure to antibiotics early in life may kill off healthy intestinal bacteria that helps keep us lean. The study found that on average, children exposed to antibiotics from birth to five months of age weighed more for their height than children who weren`t exposed. Between the ages of 10 to 20 months, this translated into small increases in body mass percentile, based on models that incorporated the potential impacts of diet, physical activity, and parental obesity. By 38 months of age, exposed children had a 22 per cent greater likelihood of being overweight.
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