Blame it on en­vi­ron­ment and genes

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As­soc Prof Loke ex­plains that most over­weight chil­dren do not have a med­i­cal con­di­tion. Rather, fac­tors like genes and en­vi­ron­ment are likely the cul­prits.

For in­stance, chil­dren whose par­ents are obese are at a higher risk of be­com­ing obese them­selves, he shares.

Lo­cal stud­ies have also shown that par­ents may even af­fect their kids’ weight even be­fore they are born, dur­ing the an­te­na­tal pe­riod.

A child has a greater risk of obe­sity if the mother is obese be­fore preg­nancy, gains ex­ces­sive weight dur­ing preg­nancy and/or has ges­ta­tional di­a­betes, says Dr Yvonne Lim, con­sul­tant at NUH’s Youth Life­style Change Clinic, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary weight man­age­ment clinic.

“Hence, par­ents should keep a healthy weight be­fore con­ceiv­ing and main­tain a healthy weight through­out preg­nancy,” says Dr Lim, who is also a con­sul­tant with the NUH’s di­vi­sion of pae­di­atric en­docrinol­ogy.

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