Teenage moms more likely to get overweight later

Teenage girls who become mothers face greater risk of obesity

Pregnant teenagerThe most important concerns when a teenager gives birth to a child are immediate ones: health of the baby, health of the mother, how the mother will complete her education and the likes.

A new study however warns that there may be a long-term concern that may have to be looked into as well. Mothers, who gave birth in their teens, face a greater risk of obesity when compared to mothers who gave birth after 20.

This study by University of Michigan Health System researchers was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“For the first time, we’ve identified our youngest moms as a high risk group for obesity, which we know to be one of the most debilitating, long-term health issues we face.”says lead author Tammy Chang, M.D., MPH, MS, and lecturer at U-M.

After analysing data from the The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES] and eliminating the effects of race, education, and socio-economic indicators, teenage moms were found to have a 32 per cent higher risk of obesity later in life than women who became mothers at 20 or later.

“We need further studies to better understand the link between teen birth and obesity, so that physicians and policymakers can provide the best care to teen mothers and women who have given birth as teenagers,” Chang says

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