Keywords

child welfare, health, obesity, postnatal care, prenatal care

Abstract

Childhood obesity continues to be a major public health problem in the United States. If this problem is unresolved, some children will be at risk for disorders such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer and will become a high economic and social burden for society. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Child and Young Adult sample (N = 6,643), this study examined the relationship between the effect of pre- and postnatal characteristics and obesity. The findings of this study show that the probability of childhood obesity can be lessened if pregnant women do not smoke and do not gain significant pregnancy-related weight. Moreover, breast feeding and health insurance were also found to be correlated to avoiding childhood obesity.

Original Publication Citation

Seipel, M.M.O. & Shafer, K. (2013). “Overweight and Obese Children: Enduring Effects of Prenatal Care and Health?” Social Work, 58(3): 241-252.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-06-13

Publisher

Social Work

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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