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Jan 29 2013

Can Antibiotics Make You Fat?

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By HoneyColony Staff

Industrial farming is clearly focused on one key goal: to optimize capital by raising the largest animals possible in the least amount of time. One way this is achieved is by dosing stock with antibiotics, which, regardless of their overuse in the general public, help farm animals pack on the pounds.

Researchers at NYU analyzed such growth-promoting antibiotics to find out if there was a correlation between the increase of child obesity and consumption of antibiotics.

According to Mother Jones, “The study involved more than 11,000 kids, about a third of whom had been prescribed antibiotics to treat an infection before the age of 6 months.”

The results were as striking as they are scary: “Babies who had been exposed to antibiotics had a 22 percent higher chance of being overweight at age 3 than those who hadn’t.”

To learn more about growth-promoting antibiotics, read the full article here.

 

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