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Children 27% more likely to be overweight if their mother gained 35 lbs or more during pregnancy
Wednesday, April 04, 2007 3:57 am Email this article
Children were 27 percent more likely to be overweight if their mothers gained 35 pounds or more during pregnancy compared to children of mothers who gained less than 20 pounds according to a new study from researchers at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. Adjustments
This was after making adjustments
This was after adjusting for gender, age, birthweight, order of birth, breastfeeding, smoking during pregnancy, physical activity, parental BMI, parental education, calcium to protein ratio, and energy intake.
Conclusion: A large weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood obesity
The paper concluded that a large weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of the child being overweight.
Moreira P, Padez C, Mourao-Carvalhal I, Rosado V. Maternal weigh gain during pregnancy and overweight in portuguese children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Apr, 31(4):608-14.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Professor P. Moreira
Faculty of Nutrition
University of Porto
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