The Edinburgh Antenatal Metabolic Clinic: following up the babies (the HAPPY study)

Professor Rebecca Reynolds, Theresia Mina, Dr Mandy Drake, Professor Jane Norman, Professor Fiona Denison

A growing volume of evidence is showing that the children of obese mothers have an increased risk of obesity at all stages of life, early heart disease, and possibly behavioural disorders.

Timescale: 2014–2016

Summary: A growing volume of evidence is showing that the children of obese mothers have an increased risk of obesity at all stages of life, early heart disease, and possibly behavioural disorders.

In the HAPPY study we are following up the children of severely obese and normal-weight mothers who took part in our longitudinal study of obesity in pregnancy, who are now aged 3–5 years. We are measuring their growth and development, behaviour and markers for heart disease and obesity.

These are an important group of children to study because we know so much about their growth and development in the womb and the first 6 months of life. We hope that studying their health in early childhood will help us to identify factors during pregnancy and early childhood that contribute to their long-term health.

Progress report: We have studied 94 children so far. The final clinic visits will take place in February 2016, after which we will analyse the data and report our findings.

We hope that our work will help identify whether it is better to intervene during pregnancy or during childhood to prevent childhood obesity. [E416]


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