Stress During Pregnancy May Cause Obesity in Kids

   |  Updated: January 30, 2015 13:12 IST

Stress During Pregnancy May Cause Obesity in Kids

We know that high levels of stress can cause emotional and mental damage but this latest study shows how stress in mothers can cause obesity in their unborn child.

According to the research, taking stress during pregnancy can affect health of the kid when they grow up.  Researchers noted that unborn children who are exposed to severe stress levels, have an increased risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity as adults. Lena Hohwu from Aarhus University in Denmark stated "Overall, our results indicate that stress can create a programming of the unborn child that makes it susceptible to putting on weight after birth."  (More: 5 stress busting foods)

The study included ladies in Denmark who lost a close relative before or during the pregnancy, the effect of which was examined with the help of  the information from 119,908 adolescent male kids. (More: Yoga may help women ease stress symptoms)

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It concluded that young men whose mothers had been exposed to bereavement had different degrees of risk of obesity, depending on the relationship that the deceased shared with the expectant mother.
Previously, it has been indicated that serious anxiety in pregnant ladies can prompt weight issues for their children somewhere around the age of 10 and 13 years. Nonetheless, a correspondence between the mother's level of stress throughout pregnancy and the risk of obesity in her kids is new. The study appeared in the journal PLOS ONE.

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