Being Overweight Puts Your Baby in a Bad Disposition
If you are considering having a baby and you happen to be overweight, you may want to reconsider changing your size first. Why? Experts are now saying that the extra pounds are not only damaging to your own health – this has the potential to directly impact the health of your future baby.
The journal Pediatrics published a study where it shows that children who were born from obese parents were at the risk of having developmental delays. In the United States alone, it is believed that in every five pregnant women, one is likely to be an obese. Obese pregnant women have a body mass index of more than 30 when the normal range should only be anywhere from 18.5 to 24.9. It can be noted that most of the studies made were concentrated on women and not on fathers. It can be observed though that many of the male population in the US including males are obese.
This one study is different because it included the fathers’ weight into the variable. According to lead researcher Dr. Edwina Yeung, their results suggested that the father’s weight is also a determinant to the development of the child. The study included 4,821 children. Those who were born from obese mothers were inclined to have difficulty using small muscles such as the ones that are found on the hands or fingers. Children who have obese fathers were at the risk of impaired personal-social activities like playing, undressing and feeding themselves. In the case of those who have both parents as obese, these children are more likely to find problem-solving tests challenging.
According to Yeung, obesity is linked to inflammation and hormones that affect metabolism and body fat. They have formed this theory that the increased number of hormones affect the baby’s brain development.
The study only shows that people should watch their weight, it does not matter if you are a male of a female.