Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Childbirth: Coincidence or Cause for Obesity?

April 26, 2018 — It’s one of those deeply entrenched beliefs. Having a baby can be a trigger for weight gain that’s seemingly impossible to shed. But it begs a question. Does having children increase the risk of obesity for a woman? A new study published in Obesity this week suggests that the answer is no. No Association Between […]

Sensible Public Health or Sugar Shaming?

February 6, 2017 — A new solution for obesity, proposed by Michael Goran and Emily Ventura, is floating through the opinion pages of newspapers all over the world. They say that we should wake up to risks of “secondhand sugars” for infants and young children. If we see a pregnant woman drink a soda, we should worry for the unborn […]

Diet Soda Is Probably Not What’s Causing Childhood Obesity

May 11, 2016 — Diet soda is definitely not fashionable these days. Millennials regards it as “chemicals in a can” and opt instead for artisanal soda with real cane sugar. Fine. But does fashion, plus a an observational study, add up to a sound basis for recommending what to drink in pregnancy? A pair of publications in JAMA Pediatrics […]

Are Mothers Key to Preventing Obesity?

June 11, 2015 — Research presented this week at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association adds to the growing understanding that mothers may be key to preventing obesity in children. As this knowledge becomes increasingly solid, a major re-thinking of efforts to prevent childhood obesity will be inevitable. Kristen Boyle and colleagues from the University of Colorado found […]

Does Bariatric Surgery Lead to Safer Pregnancies?

February 27, 2015 — A new study of whether bariatric surgery leads to safer pregnancies is stirring some excitement, because it offers the best insight yet on this question. The trouble is that the findings don’t fit neatly into a sound bite or a headline. It looks like the pregnancy is safer for the mother. But for the baby, the […]

New Perspective on Pregnancy, Weight Gain, and Obesity

February 24, 2015 — Despite growing evidence about the impact of obesity on the health of both mother and child, there’s been a near total lack of guidance on pregnancy, weight gain, and obesity — until now. Today in Obesity, researchers are publishing data from McGee-Womens Hospital that provides new perspective on the subject. The study is the first to provide […]

The Tipping Point in Obesity

November 20, 2014 — The tipping point in obesity increasingly looks like it might be traced to the metabolic health of mothers. Growing evidence for epigenetic effects of maternal health that transmit obesity from mother to child is part of this picture. A symposium at ObesityWeek 2014 provided an excellent overview of the emerging science on epigenetic mechanisms for […]

Exercise Key to Prevent Diabetes after Pregnancy

May 22, 2014 — Diabetes after pregnancy is a very real risk for new mothers who have had gestational diabetes. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Wei Bao and colleagues found that after pregnancy, sufficient physical activity can cut the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes by almost half. As part of the ongoing Diabetes and […]