Obese women put their babies at an increased risk for kidney and urinary tract defects, according to research conducted at Seattle Children's Hospital. The study, set for presentation at a meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in Philadelphia on November 14, surveyed data on several thousand hospital records, 3,200 of which reported abnormal kidney or urinary tract problems.
The research team found that mothers who gave birth to the affected kids were 1.3 times more likely to be obese, compared to mothers who were not obese.
"Our findings add to the public health importance of obesity, particularly as a modifiable risk factor," lead author Ian Macumber told Medical Xpress.
"The data supplement the literature regarding obesity's association with congenital abnormalities and highlight the importance of future research needed to clarify the mechanisms of these associations."
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in the United States, more than one-third of women are obese, more than one-half of pregnant women are overweight or obese, and eight percent of reproductive-aged women are extremely obese, putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy complications.
by RTT Staff Writer