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