Got an Obese Mom? You May Die Earlier
Study finds those born to obese mothers more likely to die young
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bad news if your mother was obese or overweight while she was pregnant with you: You're more likely to die young, according to a new study. Researchers looked at health records for more than 37,000 people born in Scotland who are now between the ages of 34 and 61, and found that those born to obese women were 35% more likely to die before age 55, the BBC reports. They also had a 29% higher chance of experiencing heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular issues, USA Today reports.

The effects were more modest, but still increased, among those born to overweight women; the results held up regardless of the baby's weight at birth. The study is particularly important now, one OB/GYN explains, because obesity during pregnancy has increased 70% in the US over the past 10 years. But researchers aren't sure why the effect is seen. It could have something to do with genes, or with "overnourished" fetuses developing problems while in the womb. But there could be other factors as well, such as whether the babies grew to be overweight themselves or whether shared poor diets in childhood played a role, according to US News & World Report.

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Aug 16, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
I'd have died eary of shame if my mother looked like some of these whales you see in public, especially those who wear stretch pants. Have they no shame at all or self esteem?
Aug 14, 2013 10:59 PM CDT
As a former obese person it would be easy for me to congratulate my superior character and crucify those left behind. Even obese people condemn themselves. I hope this analogy is apt. When I was a child in elementary school in the 1950's my school was on the cusp with the ghetto. I could hear African American children of tender years playing in the streets. On a few occasions I could hear a black child say to another black child "Yo momma blacker than my momma." Back then I could not comprehend the magnitude of a child so young already persuaded by another group that its mere skin color equated with an inferiority subjecting one to personal criticism and that they would hurt one another with blatantly racist diatribes. There is a strong general tendency for persons against whom discrimination and ignorance are directed to embrace the judgments of their tormentors and live out their lives in needless self loathing. If you don't care that is your right but don't come whining when you seek sympathy and do not find it. I see it here in comments below mine. It is an awful lot of people being written off as just personally weaker than you are. How self serving and cruel we allow our thinking to be. Biology causes obesity, not lifestyle or choice. That is why our society is saturated with diets, programs, videos, books, gurus, exercise equipment and unsolicited advice, ALL with an almost non-existent long term success rate! And still the new ones keep coming to tempt the sufferers out of their money with the hope of help at along last. And even those suffering from obesity capitulate to the view that it is a character defect, a form of inferiority. We are quick to embrace anything that allows us to feel superior and we remain surrounded by obese people! The only known, successful, LONG TERM treatment for obesity is bariatric surgery. Isolated "success stories" rather than proving the possibility of success by exercise and calorie reduction are statistically insignificant aberrations. And those who have lost great amounts that way know that the effort it took was all-consuming and interfered with many of the other activities of daily living. I struggled for 50 years and lost hundreds of pounds, always regaining every ounce and bouncing up to a new all time high. my ever waking moment was consumed by it. I absented myself from school and work in favor of spending extra days out walking, jogging, biking, climbing stairs. Yet I was condemned as slothful. "Why did I eat that! I will do better tomorrow. I should not be eating this. Why am I eating this. I will fill myself up with salad. I will fill myself up with water. I will take more diet pills. How many miles must I walk to undo that!" In one effort I walked and biked in the heat till I became light headed and prostrated, retching up clear fluids: dehydration. But I lost weight! I consumed nothing but formula for months, supervised at a hospital; lost tons and gained it back. Those 50 years I repeatedly heard those close to me saying all the usual: "If you shut your mouth and eat less you will lose weight". A particularly excellent example of the cruelty is when you happen to say you are hungry and someone says "you don't look hungry". Now I am post gastric bypass and I weigh 170 pounds less than I did 15 years ago; and my weight has been stable within a ten pound range 15 years; and I do not engage in heroic feats of exercise; and I do not torment myself with obsessive thoughts and self recrimination. And I speak out on behalf of those being subjected to the ignorance, insensitivity, hocus pocus, officiousness and self-righteousness of others. We do not need diets or exercise; we need research. The only education that is needed is educating others to have insight. THEREFORE READ BEYOND THIS POINT AT YOUR OWN RISK OF LOSING YOUR HATEFUL PREJUDICES. More than half of all adults in the United States are overweight! "Your weight depends on the number of calories you consume, how many of those calories you store, and how many you burn up. But each of these factors is influenced by a combination of genes and environment. Both can affect your physiology (such as how fast you burn calories) as well as your behavior (the types of foods you choose to eat, for instance). The interplay between all these factors begins at the moment of your conception and continues throughout your life. . . . . Several prescription drugs can cause weight gain as a side effect by increasing appetite or slowing metabolism. These include corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone (used for a variety of conditions to reduce inflammation); estrogen and progesterone (used in oral contraceptives); anticonvulsants such as valproic acid (Depakote, others); certain anticancer medications; and drugs such as olanzapine (Zyprexa), haloperidol (Haldol), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), and clozapine (Clozaril), which are used to treat psychiatric conditions. Paradoxically, weight gain can also be a side effect of some drugs used to treat conditions that result from obesity itself. Among these drugs are insulin and glyburide (DiaBeta and others); these are treatments for diabetes, which is common among people with weight disorders. Several antidepressants may cause patients to put on weight, including tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine (Tofranil) or desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and fluoxetine (Prozac)." NOT free to choose; NOT personal fault! NOT!
Aug 14, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
If only someone had told us being fat was unhealthy