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Research links gut microbiome to children's obesity risk

A study presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases meeting showed that children who were overweight by age 3 had a greater amount of Bacteroidetes and less Proteobacteria in their infant microbiome, compared with those who were not overweight. Finnish researchers analyzed the first stool of 212 newborns, as well as another sample at age 1, and also found an association between the Staphylococcus bacteria abundance in an infant's first stool and a child's height at age 1 and 2.

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