Looking through information about pregnancy i've come across this article. Maybe it will be interesting for other members of this forum.
Pregnant women are risking their health by piling on pounds
Expectant mothers who eat for two could jeopardise their health for decades, doctors warned last night.
Women who put on too much weight in pregnancy are more than four times as likely to be obese 20 years later as those who follow doctors' guidelines.
Being obese can take nine years off a person's life and raise the risk of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, infertility, depression and some cancers.
Experts said there had been too much emphasis on ensuring babies were born at a healthy weight and not on the health needs of mothers.
The news came as it also emerged that men who are obese at 20 are twice as likely to die young.
The research on mothers-to-be questioned the traditional approach of encouraging them to eat more.
Philip James, an obesity advisor for the Government and the World Health Organisation, said: 'We need to move from the old story of saying eat what you fancy and put on 26lb.
'We have to have obstetricians on the alert, saying, "How do we control this weight gain?"'
Australian researchers weighed and measured more than 2,000 women when they were pregnant in the early 1980s and re-evaluated their health 21 years later.
Some 41 per cent put on the right amount of weight in pregnancy, compared with how heavy they were before, but 33 per cent gained too much, the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm heard.
These women were 4.5 times as likely be classed as obese two decades later and were also 40 per cent more likely to be diabetic.
Dr Abdullah Al Mamun, of the University of Queensland, said: 'The study is the first to show that excess pregnancy weight gain tends to persist for decades.'
Professor James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force, said: 'For the last 40 years the whole issue of weight gain in pregnancy has been based on worry about how the children would do.
'Yet in an obesity clinic, 80 per cent of the patients are women. For many years we have been hearing from many of these women that they really had a big problem after they gained weight in pregnancy.'
Stephan Rossner, a Swedish obesity expert, said women had traditionally been viewed 'as a container for the baby that nobody cares about as long as the baby comes out healthy'.
Traditionally, women were advised they could put on up to a maximum of 26lb in pregnancy.
But in February, draft NHS guidelines stated they did not need to raise their calorie intake until the last three months, when they only needed an extra 200 a day, the equivalent of a small sandwich.
The International Congress on Obesity also heard that men were more likely to die or have weightrelated health problems later in life if they were obese by the age of 20.
Dr Esther Zimmermann, of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, compared the medical records of 1,930 obese military recruits with those of 3,600 young men of a healthier weight.
Almost 1,200 died during the 60 years of records studied, with an obese man twice as likely to die at any age.
Dr Zimmermann said: 'Obesity seems to be a persistent condition and it appears that if it has not occurred in men by the age of 20, the chance of it developing later are quite low.'
Information taken from dailymail.co.uk
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Eat for two or watch your weight? weight problem during pregnancy
Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:08 AM
i believe eating for two is not really good. and the article might have true facts and statistical data. mother's organism tells how much food it needs and eating more than that will only add pounds you will hardly get rid of after the delivery. good post.
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