Do obese mothers automatically produce obese children with metabolic disease?
According to a study being presented today at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions, the in utero environment can indeed cultivate a child’s cells to accumulate extra fat.
Researchers say that environment also can produce metabolism differences that can lead to insulin resistance.
Other studies have shown that obesity during pregnancy is a risk factor for increased infant adiposity at birth. Severely overweight women also pass on an increased risk that their children will become obese and have metabolic disease later in life.