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How Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Kill Your Kid — Literally

How Your Weight Could Be Killing Your Kid

Talk about a terrifying headline, huh? What’s scarier is that it’s true.

According to a new study, children of obese mothers die earlier in life and over all have more health issues. Specifically, the study found that, later in life, these children are at a 35 percent greater risk of death from any cause than are the offspring of normal-weight women.

Whoa. 35 percent. That’s no small difference.

And the effects of obesity go on.

Obese women have children who are 29 percent more likely to be admitted to the hospital for a “cardiovascular event,” according to the same study. Additionally, the study shows that there is a “higher risk of death, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes for mothers, large-for-gestational-age and fetal distress for the babies, and later risks of obesity, metabolic disorders, hypertension, asthma, and behavior trouble when the children get older.”

I’ve long been an advocate of supporting women and mothers of all kinds, shapes, cultures, and styles, so when I first discovered this study highlighted on MedPage Today, my first thought was something along the lines of, “Great, another article to make women feel bad.” And I was hesitant to share it. But then I got thinking.

The study — and this post — aren’t intended to make women feel bad or wrong or guilty. Sure, the headline is intended to grab your attention. (How else could I get my purpose across if you had never clicked on the post?) The study was conducted in the first place to discover how obesity affects offspring. Now that we know, what are we going to do with that information? The first step, and my intent here, is to share that info. The next step is up to you.

I hope that you walk away somehow inspired by the study and commit to losing weight. It may not be the easiest thing to do, but it can be done. And it should be.

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Source: MedPage Today
Photo: iStockphoto

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