Women who give birth younger tend to get overweight

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By bert dell 431 days ago

Women who give birth to children at a young age are considered not to bother about weight because young mothers tend to more easily return back to their original weight or weight before pregnancy than women who gave birth at older age. But a new study found that women who give birth as teens are more likely to become obese.

According to researchers, women who have had children before the age of 19 years have three times more likely to be obese in the future. Even the researchers also found that only a few women who gave birth as a teenager and can return to the original weight when compared with women who have had children a few years later.

It is said that a survey conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Michigan, USA against a number of US women aged between 20-59 years is the first to successfully identify teenage pregnancy as one of the predictors of obesity risk in women.

"For the first time we can identify that young mothers belong to a group at high risk of obesity, one of the longest and most adverse health issues we have ever faced," said lead researcher, Dr. Tammy Chang as reported by the Daily Mail, Monday (4/22/2013).

"When we take care of young mothers (especially teenagers), our attention is often distracted by issues such as child care, housing, schooling, social support to finance so we do not have time to think about its long-term health effects."

After controlling for factors such as race, educational level and family background, the researchers concluded that women who had given birth before the age of 19 were at high risk of obesity by 32 percent than women who had just given birth when they were over 20 years old.

Last year, a team of researchers from Queen Mary, University of London also suggested that mothers who diet by controlling caloric intake are known to have a smaller chance of suffering from preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure or premature birth.

Researchers also claim a healthy diet by controlling the caloric intake can prevent weight gain during pregnancy to an average of about 3.2 kilograms. In addition, a poor diet during pregnancy is also known to cause a mother to be 'trapped' in obesity for the rest of her life.

"But we still need further studies to better understand the link between childbirth as a teenager with obesity because obesity is an expensive and difficult to overcome health problem so it is important for us to identify the most riskier age groups early to be managed more quickly," said Dr . Chang.

The study is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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