Obese pregnant moms' kids more likely to develop asthma

October 10, 2011 8:19:39 AM PDT
Pregnant women who are obese put their children at higher risk of developing asthma.

A study in Sweden looked at over 129,000 mothers and their 189,000 children. It found mothers who were very obese or had a body mass index of 35 and over had a 61 percent increased risk of their children developing asthma by the time they were between 8 and 10 years of age.

The lead author says there was a clear increased risk of childhood asthma, medication use and hospitalization with increasing degrees of obesity.

The study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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