Research Projects Using Growing Up Data

Association of Repeated Antibiotic Exposure Up to Age 4 Years with Body Mass at Age 4.5 Years

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Growing Up in New Zealand
Lead Researcher:
Chelimo, C., Camargo, C. A., Morton, S. M. B., & Grant, C. C.
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Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
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In this study, repeated antibiotic exposure in early childhood was associated with higher mean BMI-for-age z score and an increased likelihood of obesity. Future research could examine whether interventions such as antibiotic stewardship programs, which are designed to reduce overprescribing of antibiotics, also reduce early childhood obesity. Read the full paper here.