Antibiotics at early age ups obesity risk

Kids treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics before age two face a higher risk of childhood obesity, a US study says.

The research published in the JAMA Pediatrics is the latest to link weight problems and antibiotics, which can eliminate bacterial infections but also the beneficial intestinal microbiota that colonises the gut.

Experts at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia looked at health records from nearly 65,000 children treated at primary care clinics from 2001 to 2013. Those