Pregnancy weight gain linked to childhood obesity
NEW YORK- Excessive weight gain during pregnancy puts children at risk for obesity according to new research at Columbia University.
Researchers studied weight-gain on a multi-ethnic, urban population and found children showed a greater amount of overall fat and a greater amount of abdominal fat by age 7 if their mother gained a lot of weight during pregnancy. If she gained a lot of weight before she got pregnant there is a 300-percent increased risk of obesity.
The results are in the online Journal "Material and Child Nutrition."