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Antibiotics Can Make Kids Fat

August 23, 2012 by  

Antibiotics Can Make Kids Fat
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Antibiotics could make children obese.

Researchers are exploring a new culprit in the ever-growing childhood obesity epidemic: rampant use of antibiotic drugs to treat minor childhood illness.

For decades, farmers have been doping commercial livestock with antibiotics because the drugs increase, by about 15 percent, the weight of cattle, pigs and chickens.

A new study from the International Journal of Obesity suggests that treating infants with antibiotics during the first several months of their lives could have the same fattening effects. Babies that were given antibiotics within the first six months of life were more likely to be overweight as toddlers than those not exposed to the drugs. The study couldn’t prove beyond the shadow of doubt, however, that antibiotics were the only cause of weight gain.

A similar study examined the medical records of children born in the U.K. in the early 1990s and also found that infants given antibiotics within the first six months of life were more likely to be overweight or obese as toddlers when compared to babies not exposed to the drugs.

Other studies on the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbes of lab mice might explain the reason behind the weight gain. Researchers found that in the mice, antibiotics changed the makeup of gut bacteria that are instrumental in helping the body break down food and store proper amounts of fat.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I ALWAYS HEAR OLDER NEGROES SAY,”They are puttin’ somethin’ in that baby’s milk! These chillren are growin’ too fast!”

  • http://omniv8 pete0097

    If that is true, why does my 16 year old look like a WWII POW. He has no fat on him and he eats as much red meat he can as well as pork and chicken. He barely weighs 100 pounds and is 5’8″. I think that you drew the wrong conclusion. THe antibiotics keep the animals healthy so they continue to gain weight instead of getting sick.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “pete0097,”

      YEAH, I UNDERSTAND THAT. MY POINT WAS, OLDER NEGROES BELIEVE THE “ADDITIVES” IN FOOD [INCLUDING Gerber's Baby Food] IS CAUSING CHILDREN TO BE OBESE AND HYPER.

  • Rosemary

    For years it has been illegal to sell for slaughter animals within a predetermined number of days after the last dose of an antibiotic.

    It is also illegal to sell milk from cattle treated with antibiotics until the antibiotic has cleared out of the cow and there are instances where entire truckloads of milk have been dumped due to antibiotcs being detected in the milk before it could be unloaded at the processing plant. I personally know dairy farmers who accidentally put milk from a treated cow in their milk holding tank and then emptied the entire tankful of milk to prevent violating this law. In fact dairy processing plants offer their producers the ability to have milk from cows tested fro the presence of antibiotcs before they would start putting that milk into the farm tank

    Then there is the fact that farmers can no longer just walk into the feed mill and buy the type of antibiotics that were given to beef cattle and hogs to keep them healthy and promote growth in the past.

    Also there is the fact that most doctors avoid ordering antibiotics if at all possible due to the development of antibiotic resistance by bacteria.

    The real fault for obesity lies in choices made by people regarding what we and our families eat and drink as well as regarding whether they lead an active or a sedentary lifestyle. Before you tell me that you have to sit for 8 hours at school or work, remember you are awake for at least anouther 6 hours.

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