A new report has indicated that the diet consumed by the mother during pregnancy determines the risk of obesity, heart disease and asthma in her offspring.
The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) said that pregnant women need t be aware that their diet and lifestyle could impact the long-term health of their babies. A BNF taskforce analyzed the impact of maternal health and diet on unborn babies.
The findings indicated that chronic conditions such as heart disease, obesity and asthma might actually start from the womb itself.
"Evidence suggests that poor foetal growth, especially followed by accelerated growth in infancy, may be associated with long-term adverse consequences for health," said taskforce chairman Professor Tom Sanders.
The report also revealed that mother's diet and weight during pregnancy influenced the appetite of their children as they grew into adults.