Life

Having kids increases obesity risk for women

Becoming a parent increases your risk of becoming overweight

HAVING children is linked to a long-term increased risk of obesity in women. A 2005 study of more than 2,000 women, published in the journal Preventative Medicine, found that for each child a woman has, her risk of obesity increases by 7 per cent.

After taking into account factors such as age, marital status and physical activity levels, researchers found that rates of obesity were significantly higher among women who had more children.

"Our results suggest pregnant women, especially those with several children, are an important high-risk population for obesity in later life," they said.

The weight gain may be caused by insulin resistance, which is greater in women with more children, as pregnancy can alter glucose metabolism. Another cause could be stress.

© Solo dmg media

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Categories

Life