Obesity passed on from mother to child: Fact or Myth?

by Tony on Sep 16, 2016


Over the past few decades, scientists and medial professional have speculated on the possibility of obesity being passed on from mother to child. However, the assumptions lacked authenticity and remained unconfirmed up to the current period. In a recent study, where the findings have been published on sciencedaily it has been confirmed that obesity can actually be passed from the mother to child through umbilical cells. Control of obesity is thus not only important for the mother, but is also crucial for the unborn child. The research publication has made significant contribution to the studies surrounding chronic ailments, and the management of such conditions as obesity.

In the course of the study, the researchers took samples of umbilical cells from mothers after the delivery of their children, and carried-out tests on the umbilical cells. The result was evidence of the conversion of umbilical cells into fatty cells upon transmission from the mother to child. You might wonder how this actually happens. Well, scientists seem to have solved the mystery behind ‘inherited obese cells’ from the mother to the unborn child. As the umbilical cells differentiate, some of them have the potential, and actually do change into fatty cells. These cells are transferred to the child, where they continually accumulate in the course of growth and development. The fatty cells can be transferred from the mother to the child at any point of the pregnancy development. Knowledge of the different stages of the child’s development is important for the mothers, in knowing how to control the condition.The cells thereafter develop through time, and fully manifest once the condition is established in the child’s body.

So how should mothers prevent the transfer of these fatty cells to their unborn children? Well, the question focuses on the responsibility of the mother in keeping themselves fit throughout the pregnancy. However, the importance of this subject goes beyond the mother’s pregnancy period. Keeping fit prior and after the pregnancy is one of the ways of preventing obese transmission from the pregnant mother to the child. According to the research publication, mothers have the opportunity of working through their obesity challenges prior to the delivery of the child. After delivery, the mother should maintain close contact with the child for detection of any signs of obesity. Some of the signs of the disease are only detectable through medical tests. Further, the parent should monitor the child’s growth rate through their first two years of development, in addition to checking their nutrition habits. According to Ruel, Alderman and Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group (2013), nutrition plays a critical role in the management of chronic obesity.

The future of healthcare service provision is set to realize reduced resources allocated to the treatment of obese cases among the younger generation. Through the publication from such as the current study, resources will be dedicated to the assistance of mother in reducing exposure of their children to obesity. Where the condition is diagnosed, early intervention will help eliminate it, and prevent its progression into the chronic stages. Knowledge of the scientific procedures necessary for prevention of diabetes remains useful for the identification of, and management of the condition. However, lifestyle adjustment will go a long way in helping expectant mothers manage their obese condition. As one of the chronic ailments persistent among the majority of individual, obesity is preventable through adoption of healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle focuses on suitable dietary habits and physical work-outs as some of measures in the management of the condition.

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