Omega 3 Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Obesity Risk

 A low intake of omega 3 fatty

acids coupled with high levels

of omega 6 fats has been suggested

as one of the risk factors for obesity.

Now, a new study published in the



American Journal of Clinical Nutrition hypothesizes that a mother’s intake of omega

3 fatty acids during pregnancy might affect her child’s risk of obesity.  The study

looked at the dietary intake and measured the levels of fatty acids in the blood

and umbilical cord. The study concluded that the Mothers with the lowest intake

of omega 3 fatty acids were more likely to have an obese child by the time the child

was three.


Source: Donahue , SM et al. Prenatal fatty acid status and child adiposity at age 3y:

results from a US pregnancy cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Apr; 93 (4): 780-8


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