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Cohort study
Maternal obesity during pregnancy is associated with adult offspring cardiovascular morbidity and mortality but may represent confounding by other factors
  1. Abdullah Al Mamun
  1. School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Abdullah Al Mamun, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Herston Rd, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia; mamun{at}

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The prevalence of maternal obesity has been on the rise in developed as well as developing countries over the last two decades. Recent studies in Australia, the USA and UK report that nearly one-third of women gain excess weight during pregnancy.1 Studies consistently report that maternal prenatal obesity and gestational weight gain are prospectively associated with early offspring obesity, blood pressure and dyslipidaemia at various life stages.2 ,3 These associations are mainly attributed to the programming effect of overnutrition supply during pregnancy, recycling of weight, parental lifestyles or genetic predisposition.2 ,3

This study extends these previous findings to adult offspring and …

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