Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry Prenatal Health Project

Future Research

The next stage of research is hoped to increase our understanding of childhood obesity.  Research suggests that children of depressed mothers are more likely to be obese or overweight, though the mechanisms are not fully understood.  There have also been links suggested between in-utero growth and a child's risk for metabolic and cardiovascular disease.  Postnatal features that may have a substantial impact on childhood obesity include behavioral factors and exposures in the home and community.  Through revisiting study participants it is hoped that these links can be further analyzed and understood.  It is anticipated that this research will aid in our efforts to prevent childhood obesity in the future.