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Publication Date

November 1, 2015



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.

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Date Added
April 29, 2019

National WIC Association (2015). Available online: https://media.nwica.org/preventing-maternal-and-childhood-obesity.pdf