Study: Mom's Obesity in Pregnancy Linked to Lower Child IQ

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Obesity in women has been linked to serious health risks like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. Now, according to a 2019 Columbia University study, the risks also include lower IQ for children whose mothers were obese during pregnancy.

Columbia University Study

A December 2019 Study published by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University finds that women who are obese during pregnancy may have a risk of slower motor skills among preschoolers and middle childhood boys.
A troubling find includes potential risks that are comparable to childhood exposure to lead:

“A team of epidemiologists, nutritionists and environmental health researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Texas at Austin and found that the differences are comparable to the impact of lead exposure in early childhood.”

Lead is a toxic metal and exposure during childhood includes cognitive impairment, development and behavioral problems.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,

“Research shows students with elevated tooth lead levels are more inattentive, hyperactive, disorganized, and less able to follow directions at school, with one study showing higher drop-out rates and reading disabilities.  Elevated bone lead levels were associated with increased attentional dysfunction, aggression, and delinquency.”

Only boys are reportedly affected by these health risks.

Study Demographics

Study participants included 368 mothers and children.

What our Doctor Says

We asked our own Dr. George Herrera, M.D. , FACP, OB/Gyn about the study and what women should do to avoid these health risks.
“Obesity can give you diabetes in pregnancy, hypertension, preeclampsia,  premature birth, but now we know it can also affect the brain of the kid later on in life,” said Dr. Herrera.

Lose Weight During Pregnancy?

According to Dr. Herrera, women should not seek any form of extreme weight-loss programs during pregnancy. Eating according to a doctor-approved nutrition plan, as well as regular exercise and adequate sleep is key.
Women are recommended to enter a weight loss program like our own Medical Weight Loss Program before pregnancy.

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