Weight gain during pregnancy and childhood obesity

Researchers in Greece have investigated the association between gestational weight gain and body mass index (BMI) of children.

The study involved 5,125 children and their mothers. Gestational weight gain was calculated based on the difference in the mother’s weight at the beginning and end of the pregnancy. Birth weight of the offspring and BMI at age 2 and 8 were collected. The main findings from the study include:

  • Almost 80% of mothers started their pregnancy at a healthy BMI, at the end of pregnancy only a quarter remained at a healthy BMI.
  • 34% of mothers gained more than the recommended gestational weight gain during pregnancy.
  • Gestational weight gain was positively associated with child’s birthweight and BMI at age 2 and 8 years old.
  • Excessive weight gain during pregnancy was associated with higher odds of the child being overweight.      

For tips on maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy visit the pregnancy section of our website.


Posted: 26/01/2017 11:26:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: BMI, Childhood obesity, Pregnancy, Weight


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