Study Links Pregnancy Weight Gain With Childhood Obesity

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From Associated Press
By Malcolm Ritter
NEW YORK - The standard advice for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy may need to change, concludes a rigorous and provocative study suggesting that even accepted weight gains may raise the risk of having an overweight toddler.

Women in the study who gained the recommended amount of weight ran four times the risk of having a child who was overweight at age 3, compared with women who gained less than the advised amount.

The outcome was about the same for women who gained more than the advisable amount.

So what's a pregnant woman to do? Clearly, she shouldn't gain more weight than recommended, said the study's lead author, Dr. Emily Oken of Harvard Medical School.

Tango’s Take
There a few things which strike us immediately about this one. 1) Despite the ‘scientific nature’ of this study, it appears that there are a few other factors involved. For instance, chances are that women who gain too much weight during pregnancy will have bad eating habits and pass them to their child. Also, whatever genetic disposition there is to obesity may account for some of this weight gain. 2) It is becoming increasingly difficult to be pregnant. Expectant mothers used to have to avoid being struck directly in the belly, not drink too much alcohol and lay off the crack. Now, they have to worry about gaining too little weight, too much weight, what sort of music they listen to, which foods they eat, and forget about roller coasters or microwaves. The verdict: Like it or lump it, life with a bump is tough.

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