Fetal Origins of Obesity: The Role of Nutrition and the Environment
Over 30 years ago, the fetal origins hypothesis proposed that nutrition in pregnancy can influence the health of the offspring across the life course. Researchers showed that both excessive and inadequate nutrition during pregnancy increases the risk for obesity in the offspring. Concurrently, but less well-known, the fetal origins hypothesis was being investigated in the field of environmental health. Increased exposure to air pollution, tobacco smoke, and other environmental chemicals during pregnancy have now been linked to childhood obesity. This webinar will describe recent evidence on the fetal origins of obesity.
Brianna Moore, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin