Healthy Moms Raise Healthy Children

Posted: January 24, 2019 in Research by
Healthy Moms Raise Healthy Children

These are results from a prospective cohort of over 16,000 mom-child pairs followed over the years from childhood to adolescence.

This study found that:

  • Risk was lower in mom’s who maintained:
    • A normal BMI (18.5-24.9)
    • Engaged in at least 150 min/week of moderate to vigorous activities
    • Did not smoke
    • Consumed alcohol in Moderation (5oz wine, 1.5oz hard alcohol or 12oz beer or less)
  • Mom’s diet quality was not directly associated with obesity in her child (5th factor)
  • When mom adhered to the above 4 plus good diet quality, her child had a 75% lower risk of obesity than from mom’s who did not adhere to any of the 5.
  • If mom’s and their child both adhered to a healthy lifestyle (all 5 factors), the risk of obesity fell even further to 82% less than those who did not adhere to the 5 factors
  • 3% of children developed obesity who did not have it at baseline

Article: Association Between Maternal Adherence to Healthy Lifestyle Practices and Risk of Obesity in the Offspring:  Results from two prospective cohort studies of Mother-Child Pairs in the United States.  Klodian D, et al. BMJ, 2018