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Study: Mother's weight can help determine kids risk of obesity

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
Study: Mother
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A new study says a mother's weight may determine her child's risk for becoming obese, but in a way you may not have realized.

This first-of-its-kind study looked at children born to obese mothers and compared them to their siblings who were born after their mother had weight-loss surgery.

Researchers found that kids born after their mom lost weight were slimmer than their older siblings.

They believe it's because genes linked to obesity-related health problems worked differently in the younger kids.

They say a mother's weight affected how those genes were triggered in the womb, creating higher or lower obesity risk factors for their kids.

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