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Obese women tend to give birth to obese kids


A recent study has revealed that women who do not keep a tab on their body mass during pregnancy tend to give birth to obese children.

According to, an increase in the mother’s body mass index leads to an increase in the fat composition of the child, which is commonly known as ponderal index. This is basically used to measure the body mass index among newborns. The higher the ponderal index, the higher the amount of fat in the newborn’s body.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers who investigated data of about 74,000 newborns. The report was also presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

Childhood obesity could be determined in the fetal stage

According to, the findings  suggest that health care examiners should pay close attention to women’s weight prior to pregnancy as well as during, as  it can lead to various complications.

The study also showed that increased body mass in kids may also lead to severe health problems in the future.

“Adult diseases like obesity may have their foundation during the fetal period, so efforts to safeguard the health of the fetus could translate to future adult health for these newborns.” said the study’s lead investigator Felix Okah.

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