Obese expectant mothers affect their children’s IQ: study

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(Tim Sandle/ Digital Journal) — A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons’ development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters.

The study comes from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and it finds that a mother’s obesity during pregnancy affects her child’s development years down the road, By development this refers to poorer motor skills by the time the child reaches school, plus a lower IQ in middle childhood (by the age of seven, where IQ schools are five points below the norm).

These effects were noted with boys whose mothers were classified as severely overweight while they were pregnant. Interestingly, the same effect was not found with girls. (…)

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