Preventing Maternal and Childhood Overweight and Obesity
By National WIC Association
Excessive weight gain in pregnancy not only increases health risks for the mother, but has been shown to increase the risks of obesity in children. Research indicates that a child who begins kindergarten overweight is four times more likely to become obese. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is uniquely positioned to help prevent pregnant women from gaining excessive amounts of weight in pregnancy and ensure children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight. In recent years, a number of activities involving WIC have focused on preventing childhood obesity.
April 29, 2019
National WIC Association (2015). Available online: https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws.upl/nwica.org/preventing-maternal-and-childhood-obesity.pdf