Children of overweight women die younger: Study
LE ROUX PARIS, France (AFP) - Children born from obese women were 35 per cent more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, according to a study Wednesday that warned of a growing epidemic.
Researchers in Scotland traced 37,709 children of 28,540 women who gave birth between 1950 and 1976.
The children were aged from 34 to 61 at the time of the study published in the online journal bmj.com. Researchers included the data of 6,551 children that had already died prior to the start of the study.
Of the mothers, 21 per cent were overweight - meaning a body mass index (BMI) or height-to-weight ratio of 25 to 29.9 - and four per cent obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, when they gave birth.