Gaining weight in pregnancy can increase child's risk of being obese

7 May 2015

New research has suggested that women who gain a substantial amount of weight during pregnancy could increase their child's risk of being overweight.

The study conducted by teams at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Harokopio University found that gaining more weight than recommended during pregnancy and not exercising or smoking can increase the probability that her child will be overweight or obese at the age of eight.

Published in the BioMed Central (BMC) Pregnancy and Childbirth journal, the team randomly selected 5,125 children from a national database in Greece and matched them with their mothers. 

Through a telephone interviews, the team asked the mothers information about their pregnancy, including the amount of weight they gained.

The study found that the amount of weight gained throughout pregnancy, the level of physical activity and smoking status was strongly associated with obesity in children. 

In contrast, engaging in moderate exercise during pregnancy was found to reduce the risk of their child becoming obese.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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