A new study claims that obesity and abnormal blood sugar levels in pregnant women could make the child obese. The metabolism of the baby in the mother's womb could be impacted if the mother is already obese and suffers high blood sugar levels.
Though the actual reason is not yet discovered, the baby in the womb tries hard to adapt to an environment which is being over fed and sometimes, this could be the very reason behind childhood obesity.
When researchers studied more than 20,000 mothers and babies, they discovered that mothers who suffered abnormal levels of blood sugar gave birth to children who are prone to the risk of childhood obesity.
The study says that such children have 31% higher risk of
suffering obesity before they reach the age of 8.
If a pregnant woman gains more than 17.5 kilos during pregnancy, the chances of being obese would increase.
Health experts recommend healthy food, lifestyle and other measures that could control obesity during pregnancy in order to reduce the risk for the new born babies.