Paris: Children born from obese women were 35 percent more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, according to a study Wednesday that warned of a growing epidemic.Researchers in Scotland traced 37,709 children of 28,540 women who gave birth between 1950 and 1976.The children were aged from 34 to 61 at the time of the study published in the online journal bmj.com. Researchers included the data of 6,551 children that had already died prior to the start of the study.Of the mothers, 21 percent were overweight -- meaning a body mass index (BMI) or height-to-weight ratio of 25 to 29.9 -- and four percent obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, when they gave birth."The offspring of obese mothers were 35 percent and those of overweight women 11 percent more likely to die before the age of 55 years than those of normal-weight mothers," study co-author Rebecca Reynolds, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Edinburgh, told AFP.
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