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Pregnant Mom’s Weight Affects Daughter’s Weight For Years

Posted Jul 06 2009 12:00am

Here is a very interesting finding that affects all of us. A professor at the University of North Carolina has completed a study looking at the effect of a pregnant woman’s weight on her daughter’s weight as she grows up. More than 24,000 mother-daughter pairs were studied and it was determined that the heavier a mother was before her pregnancy, the more likely her daughter was to be obese in later life. For instance, an average-height mother who weighed 150 pounds before pregnancy was twice as likely to have a daughter who was obese at age 18 as a mother who weighed 125 pounds before pregnancy. If a mother is overweight before pregnancy, the risk to the daughter of becoming obese increases exponentially. Do yourself and your child a favor and watch your weight before, during and after pregnancy. You have a choice, be a good role model.

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