A new study of over 700 children reveals that a childhood tonsillectomy could predispose patients to obesity later in life.
The children who participated in the study were described as normal to overweight prior to their operations, and they were separated into three separate groups:
The first group included three studies involving 127 children, whose body mass index (BMI) increased by 5.5 per cent to 8.2 per cent… The second group included three studies involving 419 patients, in whom the standardised weight scores increased in 46 per cent to 100 per cent of patients… The third group included three studies with 249 patients, in whom 50 per cent to 75 per cent of the patients gained weight after adenoidectomy.
The study was published in the medical journal Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and authors of the study theorized that children who were operated on may have found eating and thusly consuming more calories after the surgery easier than in their pre-operative state. It was also posited that children recovering from operations may be doted on and possibly overfed by concerned parents.