Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Research Points to Link Between Weight Gain During Pregnancy and Childhood Obesity

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we are proud to provide cutting-edge solutions for weight loss in Los Angeles that can make a substantial difference in enhancing the length and quality of one's life. In recent years, our work has thankfully been aided by the recognition of obesity as a disease, allowing for better care and various types of weight loss surgery treatment options for those suffering from excess weight. That's why we wanted to share this piece of news that further illustrates the importance of recognizing obesity as a treatable disease.

Medical News Today reports that researchers from Boston Children's Hospital have found that women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are at a higher risk of having overweight or obese children. In the study, records of all live births in Arkansas were matched with state-mandated data on childhood body mass index and height from public schools between 2003 and 2011. The researchers found that for every kilogram of weight a mother gained during pregnancy, their child's BMI would increase by 8% by age 12.

Dr. David Ludwig, author of the study remarks that "for all but the most obese mothers, some weight gain is necessary to ensure good nutrition to the developing fetus." However, Dr. Ludwig notes that "public health measures to avoid excessive, not just inadequate, pregnancy weight gain are warranted."

While more research is needed before conclusive results are known, it is worth noting that bariatric weight loss solutions from Dr. Feiz can always prove exceptionally useful for those looking to enhance their health in and potentially lengthen their lives. For a free consultation, or any questions regarding bariatric surgeries like lap band in Los Angeles, contact Dr. Feiz & Associates today. 

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