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Children of obese mothers more likely to die prematurely


A new study reveals that children of obese mothers are one-third more likely to die before 55 as a result of heart disease.

Mothers who were overweight when they became pregnant were also 10 per cent more likely to give birth to children who would die prematurely in life.

Carried out by the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the study examined health records of more than 37,000 babies delivered between 1950 and 1976.

The researchers found that, for children with obese mothers at the time of pregnancy, later hospital admissions for heart problems, such as angina, heart attacks and strokes, were almost a third greater than for children born to mothers of a normal body weight.

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