Obesity in Mothers Leads to Asthma in Children

Obesity in Mothers Leads to Asthma in Children

Summary: A new study suggests that women who are overweight when they are pregnant have higher odds of having a child with asthma.

A new study suggests that women who are overweight when they are pregnant have higher odds of having a child with asthma. Children whose mothers were obese during pregnancy were 20% to 30% more prone to having asthma.

Researchers said that children born from mothers who were obese during pregnancy had 20 to 30 percent more risk of being asthmatic than children born from non-overweight mothers.

Although the study examined previous research on this subject, it is still unclear exactly how a mother’s obesity might lead to a child’s asthma.

What is certain, however, is that obesity during pregnancy is dangerous and could lead to several problems for the child.

This is why it is crucial for women to maintain a healthy weight, whether they are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant soon.

Going to a dietitian during pregnancy can be greatly beneficial to learn how to control your cravings and eating the right amount of nutrients required for your child’s growth, and to know how you can stay active and do the right kind of exercise.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.
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