Early Life Influences: A Position Paper Of The Women’s Health Council: Executive Summary

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There is growing international evidence that health risk factors either “in utero” or in “childhood” can strongly influence the development of certain adult chronic illnesses (Kuh and Hardy, 2002). Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that childhood social and economic factors have long-term effects on adult health independently of the later socio-economic environment. Therefore, the health of mothers and children must be of paramount importance in the delivery of services and within health promotion strategies.


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