Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Obesity during pregnancy - lifetime risk for the baby

A woman’s diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, can affect her baby's health for a lifetime a new scientific report has concluded.

Jeez, how many more studies do we need?? Just this week I had a meeting with the Development Officer at my old alma mater - Sydney University. We discussed my involvement in a research project (or projects) around my Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby program and I made it clear that I would not support yet another study to confirm what we already know. 

But here’s another one! From the British Nutrition Foundation and titled Nutrition and Development: short and long term consequences for health, it was presented at a conference for health professionals in London May 21 2013. The report states “A woman’s diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, and her baby’s diet in early life, can affect the infant’s risk of succumbing to disease later.”

We know, we know, we’ve known for years and years, but what we need now is a way to ensure that the population not only accept this, but act on it. Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford speaking on SBS Insight, October 2012 said “Parents have a moral responsibility to create the healthiest baby possible.” 
All you need to know about creating that optimally healthy baby right here ...

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