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Nutr Rev. 2013 Oct;71 Suppl 1:S55-61. doi: 10.1111/nure.12054.

Intergenerational impact of maternal obesity and postnatal feeding practices on pediatric obesity.

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Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

The postnatal feeding practices of obese and overweight mothers may place their children at increased risk for the development of obesity through shared biology and family environments. This article reviews the feeding practices of obese mothers, describes the potential mechanisms linking maternal feeding behaviors to child obesity risk, and highlights the potential avenues of intervention. Strategies important for improving the quality of the eating environment and preventing the intergenerational transmission of obesity include supporting breastfeeding, improving the food choices of obese women, and encouraging the development of feeding styles that are responsive to hunger and satiety cues.

KEYWORDS:

maternal feeding behaviors; obese mothers; pediatric obesity; postnatal feeding practices

PMID:
24147925
PMCID:
PMC4123431
DOI:
10.1111/nure.12054
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