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Teen moms more prone to obesity later in life

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Rising rates of obesity has drawn researchers to understand what factors contribute to growing waistlines. A study published two days ago shows teen pregnancy is a risk factor for obesity later in life, though the reasons are unclear.

The finding that comes from University of Michigan researchers and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the first to identify the long-term health effects of teen pregnancy that the authors say has not been a focus.

Other immediate concerns, including child care, finances and school and social support, said lead study author Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS in a press release.

The finding is based on data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES).

Women who were pregnant between the ages of 13 and 19 were found to be at significantly higher risk of obesity compared to those who waited until age 20 or beyond to give birth. The chances of obesity were 3 percent higher after taking into account a variety of factors inclu…