‘Eat­ing for two’ will make moth­ers fat in mid­dle age

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

WOMEN who ‘eat for two’ dur­ing preg­nancy risk be­com­ing fat for life, new re­search has warned.

While it is healthy for moth­ers-to-be to put on some weight, doc­tors say that an in­creas­ing num­ber pile on too many pounds.

Sci­en­tists have found that do­ing so could ‘re­pro­gram’ a woman’s body to au­to­mat­i­cally lay down more fat in mid­dle age.

By con­trast, those who refuse the temp­ta­tion to over-in­dulge dur­ing preg­nancy may be af­forded a de­gree of pro­tec­tion against obe­sity in later life.

The Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Diego study pro­vides clues to why some women, in­clud­ing mother-of-three Kate Winslet, 43, have stayed slim de­spite hav­ing com­par­a­tively big fam­i­lies.

The re­search, pub­lished in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Obe­sity, adds to ev­i­dence that overeat­ing in preg­nancy can be dan­ger­ous, with stud­ies show­ing the chil­dren of women who were obese dur­ing preg­nancy are more likely to grow up to be obese.

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