Young women who are obese are often unaware of risks to fetus, experts warn

Freer, J. BMJ. 355:i5708
Image source: Jixuan Zhou – Flickr // CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Young women who are overweight or obese are often unaware of being on a health trajectory that can cause biological risks to be passed on to unborn children, experts have warned.

An expert panel hosted by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology on Wednesday 19 October highlighted the increase in morbidity related to excess weight among mothers and their children over the past 10 years and the overwhelming evidence of health risks being passed from mother to child.

The panel—Lucilla Poston, head of the women’s health division at King’s College London, Mark Hanson, director of the University of Southampton’s Institute of Developmental Sciences, and Emma Reed, deputy director of the childhood obesity branch at the Department of Health for England—concluded that earlier nutritional interventions were needed for overweight and obese women in the United Kingdom.

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