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by Aaron Tabor, MD Diet & Anti-Aging Expert
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previous research has shown that a large birth weight substantially increases a person's risk for obesity both as a child and later in life as an adult. In fact, some studies have reported that a birth weight of more than 8 lbs increases a person's risk for obesity by about 50-70%!

Therefore, it is important to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. The following tips from the Weight-Control Information Network might help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy:

  • Consume only about 300 more calories per day than normal during the last 6 months of pregnancy. For normal weight women, this would equal about 1,900 - 2,500 total calories per day
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Be sure to include high fiber foods
  • Keep healthy snacks handy
  • Consider cutting back on large amounts of caffeine
  • Exercise at a moderate intensity on a regular basis.

Keeping weight gain during pregnancy to a healthy level is an important step for reducing childhood and adult obesity.

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  1. Ludwig DS, Currie J. The association between pregnancy weight gain and birthweight: a within-family comparison. The Lancet 2010; Early Onling Publication, August 5, 2010, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60751-9.
  2. NIDDK Weight-control Information Network. Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy. URL: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/two.htm

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@ 12:38pm ET on August 9, 2010
I think this study is bs! I gained 65 pounds when I was pregnant. My son came out 8.1 pounds. I followed all of the set guidlines except the moderate exercise on the daily. Until then, I never had a weight problem. Alot of this study is calibrated by people who have unhealthy lifestyles in general, thus predisposing their children to the same fate. I guess my situation is the minority. It still boils my blood, but I'm sensitive to the pregnant plight. But what makes me more mad is the fact that parents are making their children overweight by their own unhealthy lives. They never had a chance. So the moral of the story is, if this info scares one mom into not overeating and perpetuating the cycle, then it has served its purpose. The end.

@ 1:28pm ET on August 11, 2010
There are certainly exceptions and research results are typically based on statistical averages. It's great that you were able to avoid this issue and are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the great job!

Unfortunately, not everyone is aware that their habits can impact their child's risk for becoming obese. Like you said, hopefully news like this will increase everyone's awareness.

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