Experts are urging for strategies to be introduced to prevent girls and young women becoming obese due to the damaging effects it can have on their health and the livelihood of their babies should they fall pregnant.
Scientists involved in a long-running major European study have found that children of obese mothers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, have a stroke or develop heart disease.
The research – collected from 13,000 people born in the 1930s and 40s – also shows that mood disorders in adulthood are common in children of obese mothers.
Interestingly, weight gain during pregnancy can have a similar effect on the long-term health of babies, while weight gain in mothers between pregnancies can play a part.
Lead researcher, Dr Patricia Iozzo – of the Institute of Clinical Physiology at Italy’s National Research Council – said:
“The period of pregnancy – even the very last period – is fundamental...