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The association between maternal body mass index and child obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 12 June 2019

This review provides an evidence-base for public health guidance to channel interventions at overweight pre-pregnant mothers, in order to off-set the likelihood of their offspring developing obesity.

"This research has identified a 264% increase in the odds of child obesity when mothers have obesity before conception. This study provides substantial evidence for the need to develop interventions that commence prior to conception, to support women of childbearing age with weight management in order to halt intergenerational obesity."

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002817

Heslehurst, N., et al. The association between maternal body mass index and child obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS medicine, 11 June 2019 [Epub ahead of print]