Obesity travels down generations through epigenetics

A couple of weeks ago, a 6.1kg (13.4lb) baby was born in Germany, a record for that nation. We do not know the details, but one possible explanation is “gestational diabetes”; an inability by the mother to control her blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, often because she herself is obese.

For obesity and for many other things, there is a link emerging between body and mind; between being overweight when young and adult depression, anxiety, autism, memory loss and more. These links may seem baffling, but they come from the ability of childhood obesity to shift the settings of a whole range of genes, for generations.

Read the full, original story here: Overweight and misunderstood

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