Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tonsillectomy and Weight Gain

My oldest had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. He is a skinny minny. I hope the surgery doesn't lead to him being overweight. I definitely think it has lead to fewer doctor's visits. He used to get strep throat often. He hasn't had it since they were taken out (which I guess is pretty normal with this surgery.) At least that's a plus!

FROM NBC: Kids who have their tonsils removed have an increased risk for gaining weight after surgery, according to a new report.

Researchers at St. Louis University studied eight hundred children who underwent a tonsillectomy between 1970 and 2009. They found most gained more weight than was expected after the procedure.

Experts stop short of saying having your tonsils removed *causes* weight gain, but it is worth studying further.

Here's more on this study from CBS

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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