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A Study Shows That Mom’s Obesity Surgery May Help Break Cycle in Obese Kids
Date:6/25/2013

Washington, USA (PRWEB) June 25, 2013

There seems to be a trend these days with childhood obesity. When mothers tend to be obese, then her children will likely become obese as well. New research might help break this disheartening trend. According to a report on ABC News' website, weight-loss surgery may actually help break down this cycle. The results may come in the form of affecting the genes in the children.

In Canada, the study shows that several genes related to obesity health problems actually worked differently in younger kids when compared to brothers and sisters that were older than them. It was found that those children who were born after their mother’s weight-loss surgery might have an advantage over their older siblings.

In a prediction, Dr Marie-Claude Vohl of Laval University in Quebec City said, "The impact on the genes, you will see the impact for the rest of your life."

At first glance, it seems that the genes are the same, regardless of a weight-loss surgery or not. But, it’s not about the genes themselves, but how they operate in the body of her child. The idea is this: the factors that are in the womb can affect the dimmer switches that develop on the genes of the fetus. Basically, this is the chemical changes that can make genes speed up or down, or turn on or off. Because of this, overall health of the child can be greatly influenced.

In other words, the environment in which the growing baby inside the womb can alter how their genes work after they are born.

The knowledge gained from this research has been found to have incredible implications that extend farther than just a handful of women who take up gastric bypass surgery, prior to pregnancy. Scientists are looking for many other wa
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