What happens if you eat junk food during pregnancy?
The researchers analyzed data from the US Nurses Health Study II and the Growing Up Today Study. In this, 19,958 children born to 14,553 women were screened. Of these, 45% were boys and all were between 7 and 17 years of age. Mother and child’s eating habits and other factors were checked every 2 years.
Another analysis examined 2,790 mothers and 2,925 children. The women’s diets were monitored from 3 months before intercourse until the delivery of the child. The study found that the pre-pregnant diet had nothing to do with child obesity.
What do the results say?
Scientists studied many other factors apart from the diet of women during pregnancy. This included the woman’s body mass index (BMI), physical activity, smoking, partner’s living status, partner’s education, children’s unhealthy diet, and their sedentary lifestyle. According to research, all these things increase the risk of childhood obesity i.e. obesity in children. Researchers say that women should take a diet rich in nutrition at reproductive age. By this, the coming generation will be born healthy.
39 million children are obese
According to the data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2020, 39 million children in the world are either obese or overweight. Obesity also invites heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to premature death.