Diet and Lifestyle of Both Parents Play a Key Role in Health of Offspring

Parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to a series of three papers published in The Lancet.

The findings have substantial societal and public health implications, and point to a new emphasis on preparing for conception. To help improve health in future generations, the authors call for a joint focus, including better guidance and support for individuals planning pregnancy, and increased public health measures to reduce obesity and improve nutrition. They suggest that behaviour change interventions, supplementation and fortification could lead to preconception health improvements.

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