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Prental stress can increase risk of overweight in adulthood

Researchers from department of public health at Aarhus University have conducted another trial which support the claim that pregnant women who experience severe stress can lead to children having weight problems between 10 and 13 years. The study is based on data from 119,908 young men who were summoned to the Danish conscription examination between 2006-2011, during which their body mass index or BMI was measured. However, a correlation between the mother's level of stress during pregnancy and the risk of developing overweight or obesity as an adult is new:

"Overall our results indicate that stress can create a programming of the unborn child that makes it susceptible to putting on weight after birth," says PhD Lena Hohwü from the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University.

"So even though we still have a lot of research to do in this area, we have added a little piece to our understanding of why we are experiencing an obesity epidemic, in which one in five children in Denmark are overweight -- and where most of them will remain overweight as adults."

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