Mother’s diet determines child’s risk for asthma, heart disease and obesity

29 May 2013

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is urging mothers-to-be to pay close attention to what they eat and drink. A new report suggests that a child’s likelihood for developing asthma, allergies, heart disease and obesity is largely dependent on their mother’s diet and health.

Obesity and poor dieting negatively affect foetal development, therefore damaging a child’s health in the long-term.

Sara Stanner of BNF said: “This is a very important message in the fight against obesity. Women need to know that their weight and health, during pregnancy and even before they conceive, plays a key part in securing a healthy long-term future for their children.”

Before they conceive, overweight and obese women are advised to lose weight. There are a number of ways to do this, either through diet and exercise, or by getting a little help from a gastric balloon procedure. However weight loss is achieved, the effects will be far-reaching, as children’s lives and health may be shaped by their mother’s efforts.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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