London: Struggling to shed those extra kilos even after following a strict diet regime? Then, blame it on your mother, scientists say. A team at the Newcastle University in the UK found that some people are programmed to be fat while still in the womb, with a mother-to-be`s lifestyle affecting the health of her baby for years to come. They found changes around their DNA at birth which may result from their mother`s diet or exposure to pollution or stress. They then linked these changes to a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in children aged about nine years of age. The researchers, however, said more work is needed to definitively prove the link between these changes and obesity.
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