Children of obese parents at higher risk for obesity and diabetes.
Early research on fetal stem cells found an obese mother may "program" her child's cells to accumulate extra fat. This epigenetic study found cells from babies of obese mothers had greater accumulation of fat and a higher content of biomarkers for fat cells. This research is continuing, but these findings remind us the Bible teaches that traits can be passed from parents to children and even grandchildren (Exodus 34:7).
PositiveTip: Making good choices today may protect your children and grandchildren tomorrow.
A healthful diet during pregnancy results in a healthy baby. This is common sense and universally known to be true. But research has discovered that a woman’s diet at the time of conception can permanently impact the genetic code of her baby.
The genes of the baby are forever changed by mom’s diet before and during pregnancy. Mother’s diet has direct implications for health outcomes of the next generation.
Contrary to common sense, the mothers with a lower protein diet and the least weight gain during pregnancy had the most favorable genetic pattern in their children. So, mother’s diet not only contributes to healthy growth of the unborn child, but it permanently affects the genetic make of her child for his or her entire life.