Stress During Pregnancy Could Boost Child’s Risk of Obesity

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Stress During Pregnancy Could Boost Child’s Risk of Obesity

A mother’s stress duringِ pregnancy andِ breast-feeding mayِ prompt changesِ in herِ infant’s genes thatِ increase theِ child’s risk ofِ obesity laterِ inِ life, according toِ a newِ study inِ mice.
After twoِ months, theِ offspring ofِ stressed mice developed belly fat andِ prediabetes, a condition characterized byِ abnormally high blood sugar levels.
The number ofِ fat cells a person hasِ beforeِ they reach theirِ teen years isِ a major determinant ofِ hisِ or herِ risk forِ obesity, saidِ study researcher Ruijun Han, ofِ the University ofِ Minnesota Medical School’s Department ofِ Integrative Biology andِ Physiology.