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Pregnancy obesity is associated with increased rates of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular hospital admissions in adult offspring
  1. Rachel Cooper1,
  2. Chris Power2
  1. 1MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, London, UK
  2. 2UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Rachel Cooper, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, 33 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JU, UK; rachel.cooper{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Maternal obesity during pregnancy is associated with higher rates of all-cause mortality and hospital admissions for cardiovascular events among adult offspring.

  • Women should be supported to maintain healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Comparisons of the associations of maternal and paternal obesity with offspring mortality and cardiovascular health is required to help elucidate explanations of these associations.

  • Strategies to reduce overweight and obesity in family units earlier in life may have lifelong benefits.


Increasing numbers of children are being born globally to parents who are overweight or obese. Strong positive associations between parental and offspring body mass index (BMI) which persist across life1 alongside the strong link …

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