Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and University Honors
Fetus -- Development, Pregnancy -- Nutritional aspects, Obesity -- Complications, Maternal-fetal exchange, Pregnancy -- Complications
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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Kassab, Carolle J., "Developmental Programming Effects of Maternal Obesity" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 850.