Mothers’ weight loss surgery benefits children’s health

29 May 2013

Mothers who undergo weight loss surgery are less likely to have obese children, according to new health research. The study indicates that the benefits of weight loss procedures are passed on to future children, therefore reducing their susceptibility to heart problems, chronic diseases and eating disorders.

Previous research suggested that pregnant women’s diet and exercise habits affected foetal development. That still holds true, but in addition, a mother’s weight has been found to directly affect her future children’s risk of obesity.

Babies born after mothers had weight loss surgery were found to be healthier, with fewer risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

Study author Marie-Claude Vohl said: “Maternal obesity is imprinting a type of mark that is put on the DNA of the children and that can then impact their gene expression, increasing the risk of chronic disease.”

Dr Susan Murphy of Duke University commented on the Canadian research, saying that obesity is “not just impacting your life, it’s impacting your child.”

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most effective weight loss procedures available. Consult a doctor to learn more about it and decide if it’s the right decision for you and your future children.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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