Preventing Obesity from Infancy

Research on the prenatal period and first year of life point to clues to reduce obesity in women and preventing it in children. The researchers pointed to excessive gestational weight gain, maternal smoking during pregnancy, fewer months of breastfeeding and shorter duration of sleep during infancy as potential targets. Factors associated with increased risk for overweight or obesity in infancy and early childhood include excessive maternal weight gain or smoking during gestation, maternal depression shorter-than-recommended duration of breast-feeding, and suboptimal amounts of sleep during infancy.

Prenatal Influences on Obesity makes intuitive sense that the mother’s diet during pregnancy should also affect fetal development and birth weight, but evidence for this is inconsistent. The warm, nutrient- and hormone-rich environment of the uterus has a profound effect on fetal development. Brief or fluctuating changes in the intrauterine environment at critical or sensitive periods of the developmental process, as well as longer term alterations, could have irreversible, lifelong consequences.

  • Early Child Neglect
  • Early Over Nutrition
  • Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Training
  • Preconception Care to Reduce Childhood Obesity
  • Effects of Maternal Distress and Childhood Obesity
  • Estimating Effects of Parenting on Child Overweight
  • Controlling Childhood Obesity by Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Intervention to Improve Nutrition & Physical Activity in Pregnancy
  • Breast, Formula & Combination Feeding Link to Childhood Obesity
  • Early Care and Education Policies Impact on Obesity Prevention

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