A warning was recently issued by doctors who were of the view that expectant mothers who eat for two could jeopardize their health for decades.
It was revealed by doctors that women who put too much of weight in pregnancy are more than four times as likely to be obese as twenty years later as those who follow guidelines of doctors.
Being obese can take nine years off a person’s life and raise the risk of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, infertility, depression and some cancers.
Experts said there had been too much emphasis on ensuring babies were born at a healthy weight and not on the health needs of mothers.
The news came as it also emerged that men who are obese at 20 are twice as likely to die young.
The research on mothers-to-be questioned the traditional approach of encouraging them to eat more.
Philip James, an obesity advisor for the Government and the World Health Organisation, said: ‘We need to move from the old story of saying eat what you fancy and put on 26lb.
‘The study is the first to show that excess pregnancy weight gain tends to persist for decades’, said Dr Abdullah Al Mamun, of the University of Queensland.