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Genetics, parents’ lifestyle determine child’s metabolism

04:05 EDT 24 Aug 2017 | Healio

The metabolic traits of children are likely caused by familial lifestyle and common genetics instead of effects on the fetus, according to findings recently published in PLoS Medicine. “In Western populations, the proportion of women who start pregnancy overweight or obese has increased over the last 20 to 30 years and is now estimated to be between 20% to 50%,” Diana L. Santos Ferreira, MSc, PhD, a postdoctoral senior research associate in metabolomic epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and colleagues wrote. “However, whether the associations of maternal adiposity and associated traits with offspring outcomes are causal is unknown, and if they are causal, then the mechanisms are unclear.”

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