Excessive pregnancy weight gain quadruples risk of obesity years later: study

08:35, July 14, 2010      

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A new study showed that women who gained too much weight during pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese 21 years later, said Dr. Abdullah Mamun at the ongoing 11th International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Mamun, also associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Quensland in Australia said that they examined the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 2026 women who had given birth between 1981 and 1983 in Brisbane, Australia, and followed them up 21 years later.

"The key finding is that a total of 33 percent of the women in the study gained too much weight during pregnancy, while 41 percent gained the right amount and 26 percent gained too little," Mamun said.

But 21 years later, those who gained too much were 20 kg heavier while those who gained right amount of weight during pregnancy were 14 kg heavier while the least gained women were nine kg heavier.

"The women who had gained too much weight were more than twice as likely to be overweight later on, and more than four times as likely to be obese, compared with women who gained the right amount of weight," Mamun said.

Philips James, president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity commented that the finding shows clearly that it is not the case that the more pregnancy women gain in weight, the better.

"Traditionally, especially in the U.S., people think the more weight the pregnant women gain, the heavier the baby becomes, but they didn't think of the mother's health in the long term. The research shows that more attention should be given to mother as well as to babies," James said.

Source: Xinhua


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