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Overweight pregnant mothers risk future obesity in offspring

Recent interest into childhood obesity has lead scientists to review a child's very beginning, and whether their mother was overweight during the pregnancy does affect the child's likelihood of suffering adult obesity. Studies have shown that weight gain in excess of 16kg in pregnancy increases the child's risk of obesity by 3 years of age. Being overweight in the last month's of pregnancy and the baby's first month's of life dictate how the child's metabolism adapts to its environment. World Health Organization recommendations are for women to gain between 10kg-12.5kg.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by David Rose

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About: Overweight pregnant mothers risk future obesity in offspring

Date: 1 December 2005

Source: David Rose

URL: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1898495,00.html

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