Smoking in pregnancy

According to a Japanese study, children whose mothers smoked in the early stages of pregnancy are more likely to suffer with obesity later in life.

“Researchers can ‘speculate’ that children who had been poorly fed in the womb would stock up on nutrition after they were born”, said Zentaro Yamagata, professor at Yamanashi University’s School of Medicine. The survey was done over a period of nearly two decades and covered around 1,400 women who gave birth between 1991 and 1997.