Oversized newborns reach epidemic proportions in Australia

High maternal BMI and pre-existing diabetes are mostly to blame

Australia is experiencing an epidemic of unhealthily large babies, a study of 3000 pregnant women shows.

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A Sydney team of doctors and researchers found that the number of babies classified as large for gestational age (LGA) was far greater than expected.

High maternal BMI and pre-existing diabetes are mostly to blame, they say.

The study, published in ANZJOG, found 16.5% of infants had birthweights >90th percentile using the international standard.

This is in contrast to a relatively small number of babies classified as small

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