Are Children of Obese Mothers at Higher Risk for Obesity, Metabolic Disease?
Are children of obese mothers more likely to be obese and have metabolic disease themselves? Researchers at the ADA 75th Scientific Sessions discussed a study suggesting that this may be the case.
The in utero environment in obese mothers may program a child's cells to accumulate extra fat or develop differences in metabolism that could lead to insulin resistance, they reported.
These changes could, in part, explain why children of obese parents are prone to obesity themselves, placing them at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.
“We know from large population-based studies that obesity during pregnancy is considered an important risk factor for increased infant adiposity at birth, as well as for increased risk of obesity and metabolic disease in later life,” said study investigator Kristen Boyle, PhD, who is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.