The study, conducted by the University of Southampton, took into account 240 children at three different stages of their childhood: 4 years, 6-7 years and 8-9 years. The study showed that girls have a body mass index and fat mass similar to their mothers, while there were no similar correlations between mothers and sons, nor between fathers and sons or daughters.
Daughters of obese or overweight women are more likely to develop the same condition, while sons are not. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of Southampton and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
The researchers measured the body fat and muscle mass of 240 children at three different times in their childhood: 4 years, 6-7 years and 8-9 years. They then compared the data with that of their respective parents’ body composition. The analysis showed that the girls have a body mass index and fat mass similar to their mothers. The data suggests that daughters of women who are obese or overweight have a higher risk of developing the same condition. However, the study found no similar correlations between mothers and sons, nor between fathers and sons or daughters.
“These findings show that girls whose mothers are obese or have a lot of body fat may have an increased risk of accumulating excess body fat,” said the study’s first author, Rebecca J. Moon. “More studies are needed to understand why this happens, but our findings suggest that approaches to address weight and body composition should start very early in life, especially in girls of obese and overweight mothers.”
Source: TG 24 Sky
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