Kids born to overweight moms may face higher heart risks as adults

December 3, 2014

By Dennis Thompson Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added.

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Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

July 18, 2014

By Shereen Lehman Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have children who become obese as toddlers and stay obese through their teenage years, according to a new study. Obesity rates have more than doubled among U.S. children and quadrupled among U.S. adolescents in the past three […]

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Gaining excess or too little weight during pregnancy tied to child obesity risk

May 21, 2014

According to researchers at Kaiser Permanente, gaining either excess weight or too little weight during pregnancy appears to elevate the risk of having an obese or overweight child. This study examined recommendations of the Institute of Medicine regarding pregnancy weight gain in relation to childhood obesity. “Gaining either too little or too much weight in […]

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Excessive weight gain during pregnancy tied to childhood obesity

October 14, 2013

A study of 41,133 mothers and their children in Arkansas has shown that high pregnancy weight gain increases the risk of obesity in those children through age 12. The findings, published Oct. 1 in PLOS Medicine, suggest pregnancy may be an especially important time to prevent obesity in the next generation. “From the public health perspective, […]

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Mom’s obesity tied to higher risk of preemies

June 20, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Pregnant women who are overweight or obese are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers found that link was strongest for babies born the earliest – between 22 and 27 weeks – and therefore most at risk of complications. “This study suggests that there is […]

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