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Maternal diet, coupled with gestational diabetes, may increase child’s risk for obesity

16:00 EDT 20 Jun 2017 | Healio

When compared with women who ate low amounts of refined grains, women with gestational diabetes who consumed high proportions of refined grains gave birth to children who had a higher risk for obesity by age 7, according to research recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “It is ... of great public health importance to identify modifiable early-life factors that may inform effective intervention strategies to mitigate childhood obesity in this high-risk group,” Yeyi Zhu, PhD, MS, postdoctoral fellow, division of intramural population health research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and colleagues wrote. “However, epidemiologic studies on the intergenerational association of maternal diet, in particular, the intake of refined grains, during pregnancy with offspring growth and risk of overweight or obesity during infancy and childhood are lacking.”

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