Washington: If you are planning to be a father, it`s about time you start losing weight, as a new study suggests that your children and grandchildren may inherit your waistline or metabolic disorders.
Scientists have discovered in mice that obese fathers, even those who did not show any signs of diabetes, passed this negative trait on most frequently to their daughters.
Sons don`t entirely dodge this genetic bullet either-both sons and daughters of obese fathers have increased risks of developing metabolic diseases, such as diabetes.
"If these findings hold true in humans, then a father`s diet and body composition at the time of conception is likely to affect his future child`s health and risk of lifelong disease," Tod Fullston, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Robinson Institute, Research Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, said.
"Fathers should aim to be as healthy as possible at the time of conception to give future generations the best possible chance of good health," he said.
The findings are published in The FASEB Journal.