Children Of Obese Mothers Die Earlier And Are More Likely To Suffer Heart Disease

By John Ericson on August 14, 2013 12:26 PM EDT

Maternal Obesity
Maternal obesity may cause a variety of health complications in offspring. (Photo: Tobyotter / Flickr)

Children of obese mothers have more heart problems and die earlier than children of normal-weight mothers, according to a longitudinal study from the University of Edinburgh.

MedPage Today reports that the study analyzed statistics collected from the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal data bank, focusing on the 37,709 births between 1950 and 1976. This data was subsequently compared to Scottish mortality and morbidity registers.

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After adjustment for socioeconomics, demographics, and gestational factors, the researchers found that children born to obese mothers exhibited a 35 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, as well as a 29 percent higher risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular complications.

Read more on MedicalDaily.com.

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