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Adiposity in Adolescent Offspring Born Prematurely to Mothers with Preeclampsia

The Journal of Pediatrics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.10.044
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Objective To evaluate the relationship between maternal preeclampsia resulting in premature delivery and adiposity in the offspring during adolescence. Study design The 172 study participants were 14 years old and had very low birth weight. We compared height, weight, body mass index (BMI), percent fat, waist circumference, and triceps and subscapular skin fold thicknesses between those born prematurely secondary to preeclampsia (n = 51; 22 male) and those born prematurely after normotensive pregnancies (n = 121; 55 male). Multiple linear regression analysis was used to adjust for potential confounders (maternal BMI, antenatal steroid exposure, and race) and to evaluate potential explanatory variables (fetal, infancy, and childhood weight gain, and caloric intake, level of fitness, and physical activity at 14 years). Results When adjusted for potential prenatal confounders (antenatal steroid exposure and race), adolescent male offspring of preeclamptic pregnancies had higher BMI (4.0 kg/m2 [1.5, 6.6]) (mean difference [95% CI]), waist circumference (11.8 cm [3.8, 19.7]), triceps (4.6 mm [0.6, 8.6]) and subscapular skinfold thicknesses (6.2 mm [1.5, 10.9]), and percent body fat (4.1% [−0.1, 8.3]). Adjusting for infancy and childhood weight gain attenuated these group differences. There were no group differences among females. Conclusion Male adolescent offspring born prematurely of women with preeclampsia have higher measures of adiposity than those born prematurely of normotensive pregnancies.

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