Obese pregnant women should not be ‘eating for two’ in a bid to combat the obesity crisis, MPs have said in a report.
The advice also states that overweight pregnant women should attend slimming classes and new mums should attend cooking classes to learn how to prepare nutritious meals for their children.
The initiative stated in the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) aims to ‘re-train’ Britain’s eating habits.
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The focus was on overweight pregnant women as they believe they are meant to be ‘eating for two’.
‘Obesity is a family affair and it starts early,’ the report says. ‘The children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves.’
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The report also calls on doctors and midwives to refer all obese pregnant women to ‘weight management services’ funded by the NHS.
The APPG's chairwoman, former TV presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin said: ‘It is now widely acknowledged that the nation is in the grip of a child obesity epidemic.
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‘This report will help families and the professionals who support them to turn the tide and establish new and healthy patterns of living for all our children.’
Current NHS guidelines state that most pregnant women gain between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 26lb), putting most of the weight on after week 20.
Putting on too much weight during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia – a rise in blood pressure. At the other end of the scale, eating too little can lead to premature birth and a low birth weight.
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