Obese Parents Likely to Have Obese Children

June 9, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Obese Parents Likely to Have Obese Children
A new study of British families shows that obese parents1 are far more likely to have obese children than normal-weight parents, especially if mom is obese.

While many people would not think of obesity as some sort of inheritable disease, the new data shows that obese parents clearly have more obese children. This is partly due to the poor health status of the mother during pregnancy (which then induces faulty metabolic gene settings) and the likely poor diet for the child during developmental years. The epigenetic programming of the children of obese parents is a catastrophic public health problem.

With all the talk of health care in our country, along with its escalating costs, Americans have a personal responsibility to take charge of this issue – not only for their own well being but for a next generation of children being positioned to head in the wrong direction (through no real fault of their own).

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Generational Transmission of Obesity  Am J Clin Nutr   Katriina L Whitaker, Martin J Jarvis, Rebecca J Beeken, David Boniface, and Jane Wardle
  2. ^ Pregnancy Multi-vitamin Helps Growth Hormone and Leptin in Baby  Am J Clin Nutr   Dominique Roberfroid, Lieven Huybregts, Hermann Lanou, Marie-Claire Henry, Nicolas Meda, Patrick Kolsteren.

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