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Commentary on: Heslehurst N, Vieira R, Akhter Z, et al. The association between maternal body mass index and child obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine 2019;16:e1002817. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002817.
Implications for practice and research
When designing strategies to prevent childhood obesity, the weight status of women prepregnancy is a potential target for intervention.
Research is needed to identify interventions that are effective in reducing the prevalence of maternal prepregnancy obesity.
Obesity is associated with adverse health outcomes across life. The rise in its global prevalence is therefore one of the most important public health challenges of our time.1
Obesity tracks across life and so interventions to reduce its prevalence and minimise its lifelong consequences need to commence early in life.2 Parental and offspring weight status are strongly associated,3 and it is recognised that intervening on these intergenerational associations may be …
Funding SMPP is funded by a UK Medical Research Council Career Development Award (ref MR/P020372/1).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.