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Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families

Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families

New research offers potential clues as to why children of obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity. While previous studies have provided clear evidence that children of obese parents are more likely to be obese, the reasons why were unclear. But the new study found that while in the womb, the cells of children […]

New research offers potential clues as to why children of obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity.

While previous studies have provided clear evidence that children of obese parents are more likely to be obese, the reasons why were unclear.

But the new study found that while in the womb, the cells of children of obese mothers may be programmed to accumulate extra fat, or develop differences in metabolism that could lead to insulin resistance — a condition that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Source: Health Day

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