Mom’s Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child’s Size

Compared to those whose women who were at normal weight before pregnancy, toddlers of mothers who were obese before pregnancy were more than twice as likely to be overweight. Those 2-year-olds whose mothers were overweight before pregnancy were 50 percent more likely to be overweight, the study reported.

Key Points:

  • 1More than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
  • 2The study had a bit of good news — breast-feeding for at least six months could reduce a toddler’s risk of being overweight.
  • 3Meanwhile, excessive weight gain during pregnancy was associated with a 23 percent increased risk of a toddler being overweight.

Childhood obesity is linked with adult obesity and long-term negative health outcomes, which is why it is important to explore which factors may contribute to excessive weight during early childhood,” said lead author Anny Xiang, from Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation.

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