Stronger influence of maternal than paternal obesity on infant and early childhood body mass index: the Fels Longitudinal Study
Linabery, A. M., Nahhas, R. W., Johnson, W., Choh, A. C., Towne, B., Odegaard, A. O., Czerwinski, S. A. and Demerath, E. W.
Background/objective - Parental obesity influences infant body size. To fully characterize their relative effects on infant adiposity, associations between maternal and paternal body mass index (BMI) category (normal: ≤25kg m−2, overweight: 25- <30kg m−2, obese: ≥30kg m−2) and infant BMI were compared in Fels Longitudinal Study participants.
Conclusion - At birth and in later infancy, maternal BMI has a stronger influence on BMI growth than paternal BMI, suggesting weight control in reproductive age women may be of particular benefit for preventing excess infant BMI.
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