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Science & Research Update: Fatty Diet During Pregnancy Affects Child's Obesity Risk

New research may have identified the reason a mother’s fatty diet during pregnancy gives her child a greater risk of being overweight or obese, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) who announced these findings last month in their FASEB Journal. ACSM is a member organization of FASEB.

According to the study, pregnant primate females who consumed a high-fat diet altered the function of fetal genes that regulate circadian rhythm (including appetite and food intake) during development. As a result, the offspring also had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. While researchers say they will continue to research the pivotal role maternal health plays in guiding the health of the next generation, they believe even small changes, such as reducing the fat in one’s diet during pregnancy, could help reduce the epidemic of childhood obesity in the U.S. more

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