Maternal obesity and attention-related symptoms in the preterm offspring

Jelske W van der Burg, Elizabeth T Jensen, Margot van de Bor, Robert M Joseph, T Michael O’Shea, Karl Kuban, Elizabeth N Allred, Megan Scott, Scott Hunter, Stephen R Hooper, Olaf Dammann, Alan Leviton

Early Hum Dev. 2017 Aug 17;115:9-15

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AIM:  estimate risk of attention problems at age 10 yrs in children born EP to overweight and obese women .

METHODS: 764 children had IQ≥70 at age 10years when parents and teachers completed CSI-4 that included items about ADHD.

RESULTS / CONCLUSION: Children at increased risk of parent-identified ADHD if mother overweight (odds ratio (OR)=1.9; 95% CI: 1.1, 3.3), or obese (OR=2.3; 95% CI: 1.4, 3.9). No increased risk of teacher-identified ADHD if mother overweight (OR=1.0; 95% CI: 0.6, 1.8), or obese (OR=1.0; 95% CI: 0.6, 1.6). Maternal overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of parent-identified ADHD characteristics at 10years of age in children born EP.