Diet Beverages during Pregnancy Associated with Child Obesity
A study suggests that kids born women with gestational diabetes drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day during while being pregnant are more likely to be overweight or obese at age of seven if compared to kids born to women who drank plain water instead.
For the research, a team of scientists analyzed data collected from 1996 to 2002 by the Danish National Birth Cohort, a long-term study of pregnancies among more than 91,000 women in Denmark. At the 25th week of pregnancy, the women completed a detailed questionnaire on the foods they consumed. The researchers also collected data on the children's weight at birth and at 7 years old.
The senior author of the study Cuilin Zhang, Ph.D., in the Epidemiology Branch at NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) says: “Our findings suggest that artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy are not likely to be any better at reducing the risk for later childhood obesity than sugar-sweetened beverages.”
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