Child’s Obesity Risk from Elevated Blood Pressure During Pregnancy


A study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that elevated blood pressure during pregnancy may raise the risk of childhood obesity in the child.

An international public health issue, childhood obesity is a concern for 42 million children aged five and under. This study hence sheds new light on what might make a child more susceptible to obesity.

The study examined blood pressure levels and weight in 88,406 mother and child pairs and found that the children of women who had elevated blood pressure in the second trimester, were 49 percent more likely to be categorized as overweight or obese when compared to mothers with lower blood pressure. Women who experienced high blood pressure during the third trimester were 14 percent more likely to have overweight or obese children.

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