Household income, smoking and lower breastfeeding are associated with obesity after childbirth

Researchers from University College Dublin and the Economic & Social Research Institute have conducted a study which found that maternal obesity after childbirth is associated with lower household income, smoking, lower breastfeeding duration, and earlier completion of full-time education. The study focused on a representative sample of 10,524 mothers, all of whom gave birth between December 2007 and May 2008. Results suggest that women in the lowest income group are 42% more likely to be obese than women in the highest income group. It was also found that women who breastfeed for six months or more are 35% less likely to be obese than women who do not, even adjusting for income and other factors. This could be because breastfeeding uses up some of the extra fat stored in your body during pregnancy.

Study authors conclude that public health interventions related to obesity in women with children should be tailored and targeted towards high-risk groups; particularly those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.

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Read abstract in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Posted: 13/06/2013 15:52:55 by Emily Kelleher


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