Urban design could affect weight gain during pregnancy

18 March 2022

US study has found an association with the ‘walkability’ of a neighbourhood and expectant mothers’ excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

The study, published in Obesity, found that greater neighbourhood walkability is associated with lower odds of excessive gestational weight gain (GWG), potentially caused by expectant mothers’ ability to walk more around their neighbourhoods during pregnancy. Among the 106,285 New York City births included in the study, 41.8% had excessive GWG, while 26.3% had inadequate GWG.

Researchers concluded that their findings ‘provide further evidence for using urban design to support healthy weight status during pregnancy’.

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