New Research on Weight Gain and Supplement Use During Pregnancy: American Society for Nutrition Journal Studies Shed Light on this Critical Topic

Nutrition Today
April 2014 
Volume 49  Number 2
Pages 43 - 44
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Healthy growth, development, and reproduction were identified as part of the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN's) nutrition research priorities last fall. More information and a full list of those priorities are available at . Studies indicate that the timing of an infant's introduction to solid foods may increase the likelihood of that child becoming obese later in life. The number of overweight children in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years, and excess calorie intake, increased portion size, and steady decline in physical activity are all, in part, responsible. Research is now needed to determine how best to influence these factors in early life. The important role of nutrition throughout childhood on normal growth and development, as well as health and well-being, must be continually assessed.Research on pregnancy has shown that gaining either too little or too much weight during pregnancy can lead to poor outcomes, such

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