A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that children of obese mothers have increased risks for developing serious cardiovascular disease and early death. Yikes!
The study is based on the health records of more than 37,000 people born in Scotland between 1950 and 1976. It does not try to explain why a mother’s weight would affect the health of an adult child decades later. Genes may play a role, and so too might family lifestyle. There is abundant evidence that adult eating habits are often originally defined during childhood, so family lifestyle may play a significant role in a child’s adult health.
However, the results of this new study add to growing evidence that adverse conditions in the womb may have profound effects long after birth. After the study accounted for socioeconomic status, the mother’s ages and other differences in the study group, researchers found that those born to obese women were 35 percent more likely to die, compared with adults born to normal weight mothers. In addition, the researchers also found that those born to obese mothers were 29 percent more likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular problems.
This is a particularly important study because the obesity rate among pregnant women in the U.S. has risen 70 percent in the past decade alone. In addition, just 4 percent of the mothers in the study were obese, but about 35 percent of the U.S. women who are of reproductive-age are also obese. This means that the results of this study could point to much more serious problems in the future.
It is always important to make healthy choices when eating, but this is even more important when a woman is expecting.
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