A new research has come up with findings that may not sound good for children born to obese mothers. The research revealed children born to obese mothers are a third more likely to die before the age of 55 than those of normal weight women.
Besides, children born to fatter women have 29% higher chances to suffer heart attacks, angina and strokes. Greater risk of heart problems, diabetes and obesity has been linked to babies born to overweight mothers by earlier studies. However, the new research has showed that they also have a higher risk of dying young.
According to one theory, being overweight in pregnancy could attribute to create permanent changes in appetite control and energy metabolism in the unborn child, which causes greater risk of heart problem later in life.
The progress of 38,000 babies was studied by experts from the universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The children were born between 1950 and 1976.
The findings revealed children born to mother with body mass index of 30 or over in pregnancy were 35% more likely to die by the age of 55.
Dr. Sohinee Bhattacharya, of the University of Aberdeen, said, "We need to find out how to help young women and their children control their weight better so that chronic disease risk is not transmitted from generation to generation".
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