Overweight or obese pregnant future mothers, or women who have had an unhealthy life style before their pregnancy, are at a 5 times greater risk of having overweight or obese children.
Our body is a temple and we have to treat it as such, otherwise the repercussions won’t only damage our own healthy but the health of our children.
The foods women choose to feed their bodies and the habits they develop before getting pregnant, might have an impact on the future development of the baby, and unhealthy diet and lifestyle behaviors can have dramatic consequences on their children.
Even before a woman gets pregnant, her diet choices can have an unexpected outcome on obesity. Along with smoking and low levels of vitamin D, stated researchers.
A team of British researchers from the Southampton University, have discovered that women who have followed an unhealthy life style before, during and after the pregnancy, had a 4.65 greater risk of having future overweight or obese children, who would have developed with 47% more body fat by age of six.
Women who have pursued one of the unhealthy, risky life styles like, being obese before the pregnancy, low amounts of vitamin D, smoking during the pregnancy, serious weight gain during the pregnancy and not breastfeeding the baby for more than a month, are more likely that by the age of 6, their children would present 47% more body fat than the children who’s mothers have followed a healthy life style.
The leader of the study, professor, Sian Robinson, stated that the present health programs for overweight children, are only applied when the overweight or obese child is starting to go to school, which could be a little to late to be effective. She added that, the first years of the child are crucial on the development of the regulation of the appetite and the balancing of energy, all this has effects later in life, when the child could be exposed to gaining extra weight.
The study has been conducted during a period when the number of British obese pregnant women, has arrived at an alarming number. Almost half of the pregnant British women are overweight or obese and 15% of them have a body weight considered threatening.
The study has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and has been realized by analyzing the data from 991 children and their mothers, who have participated in the research called the Southampton Women Survey, which stands for one of the largest studies conducted on future mothers, before they got pregnant.
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