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11 March 2011

Mom's bad eating may lead to obese kids

Newborns with a low birth weight due to their mother's poor nutrition during pregnancy may be "programmed" to eat more, research in animals suggests.

Newborns with a low birth weight due to their mother's poor nutrition during pregnancy may be "programmed" to eat more, research in animals suggests.

The researchers noted that previous studies have shown that babies that have a low birth weight and then experience an accelerated "catch-up" growth are at increased risk for health problems later in life, such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

The study is published in the journal Brain Research.

 
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