Study: Efforts to curb obesity should start before birth

06/6/2006 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Following a nationwide review of 3-year-old children that revealed nearly one in five was obese, a new study suggests addressing obesity during prenatal care may be necessary. The more weight women gain during pregnancy, the more probable the infant will be larger, and larger infants are more likely to become overweight and obese adults, said Dr. Audra Timmins, an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine.

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