Obe­sity wor­ries for preg­nant women

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Robert Mitchell

More than half of the mums-to-be in La­nark­shire are ei­ther over­weight or obese.

That’s ac­cord­ing to the lat­est of­fi­cial fig­ures, re­leased last week, which a lead­ing cancer char­ity has de­scribed as “deeply con­cern­ing.“

NHS fig­ures for the year end­ing March 2018 show that 1770 – that’s 26.7 per cent – ex­pec­tant mums were over­weight, while 1748 (26.4 per cent) were obese.

Medics checked the women’s Body Mass In­dex at their an­te­na­tal book­ing ap­point­ment.

The records cover 6624 preg­nan­cies and 2476 (37.4 per cent) women had a healthy weight, while 158 (2.4 per cent) were un­der­weight. Data was not avail­able for 472 (7.1 per cent) women.

Across Scot­land, 13,427 mums-to-be (26.2 per cent) were classed as over­weight when they had their ini­tial book­ing-in ap­point­ment, while 11,604 (22.7 per cent) were obese. Both to­tals were down on the pre­vi­ous year, when 50.7 per cent of preg­nant women were over­weight or obese.

But Cancer Re­search UK said the sta­tis­tics re­mained “deeply con­cern­ing”.

Pro­fes­sor Linda Bauld, the char­ity’s preven­tion ex­pert, said: “Car­ry­ing too much weight causes about 2200 cases of cancer every year in Scot­land.

“Tack­ling obe­sity is com­plex but laws to re­strict multi-buy of­fers on junk food would be an ef­fec­tive mea­sure to help ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing mums-to-be, from fill­ing their shop­ping trol­leys with foods high in fat and sugar.”

The re­port said obe­sity in preg­nancy is associated with an in­creased risk of a number of ad­verse out­comes like mis­car­riage, birth de­fects and neona­tal death.

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