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Kids of overweight moms die younger

AFP-JIJI

Children born from obese women are 35 percent more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, according to a study Wednesday 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. 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, or height-to-weight ratio, of 25 to 29.9 — and 4 percent obese, with a body mass index of 30 or more, when they gave birth.

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.