An unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are two known risk factors for childhood obesity, but a recent study has linked it to maternal exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy.
The study was done in New York City and involved 702 non-smoking pregnant women. They were age 18-35 African-American or Dominican.
In their third trimester, for two days they used small backpacks equipped to sample the air surrounding them.
During the day the backpacks were worn and during the night they were placed near the bed.
The study found that the children of the mothers who were exposed to high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAH) were almost twice as likely to be obese at age 5 and more than twice as likely at age 7.
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Obese children go on to become obese adults, and are at the risk for developing diseases earlier in life than if they were not obese.
Physical inactivity, obesity, unhealthy eating, air pollution and smoking are the five health risk factors covered in our consumer health education program.
Couples who are family planning are wise to make maternal weight control part of their plans. It it a good first health insurance.