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Children of overweight women die younger: study

Clothing for pregnant women is on display in Cologne, Germany on Sept. 19.

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Children born to obese women were 35 percent more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, according to a study released on Aug. 7 that warned of a growing epidemic.

Researchers in Scotland traced 37,709 children of 28,540 women who gave birth between 1950 and 1976.

The children were aged from 34 to 61 at the time of the study published in the online journal Researchers included the data of 6,551 children that had already died prior to the start of the study.

Of the mothers, 21 percent were overweight — meaning a body mass index (BMI) or height-to-weight ratio of 25 to 29.9 — and four percent obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, when they gave birth.

“The offspring of obese mothers were 35 percent and those of overweight women 11 percent more likely to die before the age of 55 years than those of normal-weight mothers,” study co-author Rebecca Reynolds, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Edinburgh, told AFP.

The team also found that the children of obese mothers were 42 percent more at risk of being admitted to hospital for heart disease as adults.

“Our results suggest that the intrauterine (womb) environment has a crucial and long-lasting effect on risk of premature mortality in offspring,” the study said.










1. obese adj.

過胖的 (guo4 pang4 de5)

例: Nearly 300 million women are obese this year, according to the data.


2. epidemic adj.


(chuan2 ran3 de5; liu2 xing2 xing4 de5)

例: He was probably a victim of the worldwide influenza epidemic.


3. intrauterine adj.

子宮內的 (zi3 gong1 nei4 de5)

例: Intrauterine insemination may be performed.



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