Why children of very obese mums need monitoring

Children born to mothers who are severely obese are at high risk of neuropsychiatric problems, researchers warn.

An analysis of 112 three to five year-olds whose mothers had a BMI of more than 40 found they had  significantly higher scores for hyperactivity, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, conduct problems, externalising behaviours, aggression, affective and anxiety symptoms, difficulty with peers and sleep problems than babies born to normal weight women.

The results were adjusted for the child's sex, age, gestational age, birthweight, and socioeconomic status and for maternal age,