First Advisor

Alina Maloyan

Date of Award

5-22-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and University Honors

Department

Biology

Subjects

Pregnancy -- Effect of obesity on, Maternal-fetal exchange, Fetus -- Development, Pregnancy -- Nutritional aspects

DOI

10.15760/honors.870

Abstract

Population studies within the United States indicate increasing rates of obesity, considerably prominent for women within reproductive age. Maternal obesity is associated with the offspring’s hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which have chronic consequences. Obesity in pregnancy causes metabolic and epigenetic perturbations within the fetal environment, disrupting future health of offspring. This phenomenon is known as developmental programming. Although the relationship between maternal undernutrition and developmental programming has been demonstrated, its relationship to maternal obesity remains understudied.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33062

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