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Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring (United States)

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posted by WM Admin on 2018-07-12 11:19:08.232

This study investigated the association between an overall maternal healthy lifestyle (healthy body mass index, high quality diet, regular exercise, no smoking, and light to moderate alcohol intake) and the risk of developing obesity in offspring.

The authors used two U.S. prospective cohort studies, with 24 289 Growing Up Today Study (GUTS) participants aged 9-14 years at baseline who were free of obesity and born to 16 945 Nurses’ Health Study II women.

The findings indicate "... that adherence to a healthy lifestyle in mothers during their offspring’s childhood and adolescence is associated with a substantially reduced risk of obesity in the children". The authors discuss the implicaitons of these findings for family or parental based multifactorial interventions".

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2486

Dhana, K., et al. (2018). Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring: Results from two prospective cohort studies of mother-child pairs in the United States. BMJ, 362:k2486.