Mother’s Eating Habits During, Before Pregnancy Could Predict Obesity in Child

Researchers find that obesity in children can be predicted as early as two months old

Be careful what you eat during pregnancy. Your eating habits could affect your soon-to-be-born baby’s growth patterns and future weight. A study found that obesity can be predicted in babies as young as two months old, according to Science Daily, and that how a mother eats during pregnancy could influence a baby’s hormones and eating patterns.

In addition to how a mother eats during pregnancy, how much she weighs and the substances she inhales before a pregnancy may also influence a baby’s weight.


Studying 221 children, researchers found that by age five, children who were overweight, obese, or severely obese showed different development patterns from birth than children with healthy weights. Obese five-year-olds showed a higher weight over height proportion at two to four months old.