Weight Gain During Pregnancy Impacts Obesity In Children

A preteen overweight boy sits at a table disappointed by the salad inf front of himGaining either too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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In one of the largest studies to examine current Institute of Medicine recommendations regarding pregnancy weight gain in relation to childhood obesity, researchers reviewed the electronic health records of 4,145 racially diverse female members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California who had completed a health survey between 2007 and 2009 and subsequently had a baby. Researchers reviewed the medical records of those children between ages 2 and 5 years old and found that:

Among all women who gained more than the recommended weight during pregnancy, 20.4 percent of their children were overweight or obese, compared to 19.5 percent of women who gained less than recommended weight and 14.5 percent of women who gained weight within the guidelines.