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High BMI in pregnancy does not cause obesity risk in offspring, study finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j474 (Published 27 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j474
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Having a high body mass index (BMI) during pregnancy is not associated with a long term risk of obesity in offspring, a UK longitudinal study has found.1

The findings suggest that public health measures to reduce obesity should focus on helping women achieve a healthy weight before and after pregnancy, the authors said, rather than putting undue emphasis on their weight during pregnancy.

Being overweight or …

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