Washington: Eating well during pregnancy reduces the risk of obesity in babies regardless of the mum’s size, a new study has revealed.According to the research, a team of US scientists showed that modifying fat intake during pregnancy to a moderate level is enough to benefit the child regardless of the mother’s size. Specifically, they found that a protein called “SIRT1” rewrites a developing foetus’ histone code, which affects his or her “epigenetic likelihood” of being overweight or obese throughout his or her lifetime.“We are finding that the cycle of obesity likely begins in the womb, however, we are also finding that obesity does not necessarily beget obesity,” Kjersti M. Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D., study author from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said.
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