Obviously, being extremely overweight is not only harmful for the person affected; the children of obese women must also expect long-term consequences. A study has now found that these die earlier.
For children of obese women, the risk of later dying before the age of 55 is 35 percent higher than for children of women of normal weight. A Scottish study has now found that the offspring of overweight mothers who are not considered obese have an eleven percent higher probability of dying earlier. As part of the study, which was published in the online specialist magazine “BMJ”, Scottish researchers analyzed the data of 28,540 women, whose 37,709 children were born between 1950 and 1976. Of these, 6551 children had already died before the start of the investigation. 21 percent of the mothers were overweight and around four percent were obese. Overweight starts with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 and obesity with a BMI of 30. Not only do children of obese women seem to die earlier, they also have an increased risk of heart disease later, the researchers found. However, the reasons for this connection are still in the dark. It is possible that the children of obese women later also have an unhealthy lifestyle, eat too high a calorie diet and do too little exercise. They may also have a genetic predisposition to being overweight. These are reasons that can result in the children of obese women becoming obese themselves later and therefore dying earlier. However, this would not mean that the children of obese mothers are automatically at increased risk of early death.