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Pregnancy weight gain linked to childhood obesity

4 years 1 week 1 day ago Monday, March 09 2015 Mar 9, 2015 March 09, 2015 7:03 PM March 09, 2015 in News
Source: CNN
By: Michael Marsh

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." 

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