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Mother's obesity boosts risk for major birth defects: study

Mother's obesity boosts risk for major birth defects: studyChildren of obese women are more likely to be afflicted by major birth defects, including malformations of the heart and genitals, according to a study published on Thursday. "We found that risks of major congenital malformations in offspring progressively increase with maternal overweight and severity of obesity," researchers wrote in The BMJ medical journal. Under the World Health Organization (WHO) standard, a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 overweight, 30-34.9 moderately obese, 35-39.9 severely obese, and anything over 40 morbidly obese.


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