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Children of obese mothers are 4.1 times more likely to become overweight
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Children whose mothers were obese before becoming pregnant were 4.1 times more likely to become overweight than children whose mothers were of normal weight according to a study from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas. Breastfeeding reduces risk of childhood overweight by 40%
Children who were breast-fed for for at least four months were 40 percent less likely to become overweight as children as children who were not breast-fed.
Children with obese mothers and who were never breast-fed 6.1 times more likely to become overweight ob
Children whose mothers were obese before pregnancy and who were not breast-fed were 6.1 times more likely to become overweight as children.
The study analyzed data from 2636 children, 2- to 14-years-old, from the 1996 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Child and Young Adult data in the United States.
Childhood overweight was defined as having a body mass index (BMI) in the top 5 percent for their age and gender.
Li C, Kaur H, Choi WS, Huang TT-K, Lee RE, Ahluwalia JS. Additive interactions of maternal prepregnancy bmi and breast-feeding on childhood overweight. Obes Res. 2005 Feb 1, 13(2):362-71.
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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Kansas City, KS 66160
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