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Columbia Professor Reflects on Obesity during Pregnancy

In an editorial in the August 13 edition of the journal BMJ, Dr. Pam Factor-Litvak, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, writes that a large new study led by the University of Edinburgh, “Maternal obesity during pregnancy and premature mortality from cardiovascular event in adult offspring: follow-up of 1,323,275 person years”, is the first to describe associations between maternal obesity and risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in mid-life. The research, Dr. Factor-Litvak notes, adds to a lengthy list of health consequences of maternal obesity. Obese mothers face increased risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and death. And their children face risks at birth, including fetal distress, and later in life, with elevated risk for obesity, metabolic disorders, hypertension, asthma, and behavioral problems.