Study: Mother's weight can help determine kids risk of obesity
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:03 AM EDT
(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.