Eating fish more than three times a week during pregnancy was associated with mothers giving birth to babies at increased risk of rapid growth in infancy and of childhood obesity, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
Fish is a common source of human exposure to persistent organic pollutants, which may exert endocrine-disrupting properties and contribute to the development of obesity.
Monique Mommers, Carel Thijs and Maurice Zeegers co-authored the paper Fish Intake in Pregnancy and Child Growth. A Pooled Analysis of 15 European and US Birth Cohorts. On 15 February Carel was interviewed by the Dutch radio station BNR. Click here to listen to the interview.