Weight gain during pregnancy linked to child obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a problem nationwide.

The CDC says about 17% of kids are considered obese.
Georgia and South Carolina have some of the highest numbers in the U.S.

A new study shows that what moms do while pregnant can have a direct impact on their kids’ weight.

It’s another reason why moms should watch their weight and their blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Center for health research studied more than 24,000 mothers and their children over the course of 10 years.

The study is said to be the largest on the topic and has been published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Researchers looked at how mothers’ weight gain during pregnancy affects their kids.

They found when moms have high blood sugar and gain excess weight it changes the baby’s metabolism.

Researchers say the weight gain “imprints” the baby for childhood obesity.

They say they aren’t sure exactly how it does this, but it seems the baby adapts to an overfed environment.

Children whose mothers had the highest blood sugar levels, were at a greater risk for becoming obese.
Those children were at least 30 percent more likely to be overweight or obese between the ages of 2 and 10, compared to children whose mothers had normal blood sugar levels.

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