Inherited obesity ‘programmed’ in the womb

Obese parents are more likely to have obese children, not only as a result of genetics and lifestyle, but by ‘programming’ the baby’s development in the womb, according to new research.

Professor Julie Owens commented that “Maternal obesity and weight gain during pregnancy add to child obesity by developmental ‘programming’ of body systems of the infant in the womb, making their child more likely to become overweight”

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