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6:49 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Study looks at obesity in pregnant women

A University of Wyoming researcher has received one-point-five million dollars from the National Institutes of Health to study obesity in pregnant women. 

The N-I-H says 30 percent of women are overweight or obese when they conceive and remain so throughout pregnancy.  The belief is this impacts their children and grandchildren.  U-W Researcher Steven Ford runs the U-W Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.  He says this could have long term health ramifications.          

“If we go in and figure out what’s going on?  Then we might have some chance of actually changing this situation. “

Ford says it is cheaper to fund this type of research than it is to treat obesity related diseases in the future.