Preconceptional Obesity May Negatively Affect Child Development

Preconceptional obesity may negatively affect child development, according to a recent thorough research disclosed today by journal The Lancet, which has shown that the weight as well as diet of parents during the earlier years of conception can have acute impacts on the growth of the baby along with the long term health issues.

After the extensive analysis, the researchers are suggesting that not just the folic acid tablets are enough to be consumed during three months prior to conception, but also both of the parents should take care of their basic diets and weight, besides restraining the foods such as processed foods, soft cheeses, coffee and booze during the pregnancy.

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Prof. Mishra said in a statement that, “We need to consider the time taken to reach health or lifestyle objectives well before conception. For instance, taking folic acid tablets is a relatively easy step to take, once women have the knowledge and means to do this, whereas reaching a healthy body weight may require a far longer period over months or years.”

The experts have also warned that the seriously overweight mother and father can see profound implications for the growth, development and long-term health of their children before conception. The published research has been co-authored by a deputy head and Life Course Epidemiology Professor Gita Mishra from the University of Queensland (UQ).

Lead author of the study and prof at University College London, Judith Stephenson says, “The preconception period is a critical time when parental health — including weight, metabolism and diet — can influence the risk of future chronic diseases in children. While the current focus on risk factors such as smoking and excess alcohol intake is important, we also need new drives to prepare nutritionally for pregnancy in both parents.”