Mums more likely than ever to have 'sumo' babies weighing more than a stone
MATERNITY units are seeing a worrying surge in “sumo” babies — weighing more than a stone.
A total of 282 infants have been born in the past four years tipping the scales at 12lbs.
But incredibly, the Office for National Statistics figures for England and Wales also show 32 newborns weighing 14lbs or heavier.
Experts say the rise in “exceptional” birth weights — triggering a fourfold increase in caesarean births in the past 20 years — is partly down to the UK’s obesity crisis.
The size of babies has been growing since the 1950s due to better, more balanced diets.
But the National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry said: “The Government’s aim to give every child the best start is for the birds if it continues to ignore the health of mums.
“It’s a disgrace that over half of women enter pregnancy at an unhealthy weight, which risks condemning offspring to a life of obesity.
“UK pre-conceptual counselling services are still in the dark ages and leave hundreds of thousands of women ignorant that a healthy weight at booking-in is vital to giving their child the best start.”
The average UK birth weight is 7lb 8oz for boys and 7lb 4oz for girls.
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