This study examined whether women giving birth in their teen years are more prone to overweight/obese status later in life.
Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, taken from five two-year cycles from 2001 through 2010, a total of 5,220 women were included in the analysis. Body mass index, age at first birth, current age, race, education, and parity were collected for each participant. At the time of the survey, the women were ages 20 to 59 and were not currently or recently pregnant. In this study, a teen birth was defined as having a live birth between the ages of 13 and 19, inclusive.
It is important to consider interventions that help improve the long-term health of teenage mothers. Future studies should focus especially on those at an increased risk for obesity.