Prenatal Programming of Obesity

August 29, 2007 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Prenatal Programming of Obesity
A new study confirms a growing body of information that the health of the mother during pregnancy has a profound affect on the potential for future obesity. In the new study it was shown that high blood sugar during pregnancy doubles the risk for obesity between ages 5-7.

Women entering pregnancy in an overweight condition and/or who eat poorly during pregnancy are at risk for this problem as well as multiple other pregnancy issues. The underlying problem is the failure to eat in harmony with the hormone leptin. Leptin levels rise dramtically during pregnancy because leptin helps store extra fat to feed the child during nursing as well as being the hormone that enables the proper growth of the placenta. If a woman has leptin problems before entering pregnancy she is much more likely to have pregnancy complications, including high blood sugar.

Changing the obesity epidemic in our society starts with the health of the mother. The Leptin Diet is the only book that explains how to eat in harmony with leptin, vital information for any woman of childbearing years.

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