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Big baby girls become fat mums: Swedish study

The Local/og · 21 Mar 2012, 12:08

Published: 21 Mar 2012 12:08 GMT+01:00

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The study, which was carried out at the Karolinska Institute and the Uppsala University and published at the International Journal of Obesity, examined more than 160,000 first-born children in Sweden between 1973 and 2006.

“The womb environment has an immediate impact because the fact that the mother is fat pushes up the birth weight and contributes to creating a kind of vicious circle, where the obesity is passed from generation to generation,” said professor Sven Cnattingius to Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper.

The study showed that women who themselves had a high birth weight, described as being "big for their time", are more likely to become obese.

The definition of "big for their time" is a birth weight 4.5 kilogrammes for a pregnancy of normal length.

The researchers discovered that a baby is 14 times more likely to be born over 4.5 kilos if the mother is obese and was born heavy, in comparison with normal weighted women who were normal size at birth.

While the study did not provide reasons why the overweight women are more likely to have obese children, the scientists have pointed to the potential involvement of the sugar levels in overweight pregnant women.

“Increased sugar levels in mothers stimulate fetal growth, but there are also studies that point to heightened blood sugar levels causing permanent changes in the child’s appetite control,” Cnattingius said.

“To prevent children from being born large, it’s both important in the short term to reduce the risk of illness in the newborn baby, and in the long term to overcome the worldwide obesity epidemic, he told UNT.

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He also pointed out that expectant mothers and newborn babies in Sweden have not increased in average weight in recent years, yet he stressed that it was important for researchers to fight to develop preventative measures against obesity during pregnancy.

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13:00 March 21, 2012 by Cephalectomy
you dont say ?
13:39 March 21, 2012 by Frobobbles
This is sexist outrage! Men can be obese too, and they also have mums! Down with swedish feminism!
13:57 March 21, 2012 by Vill
Whodathunkit? This is astonishing!

These scientists evidently need to go back to school and enroll in a class called "Genetics for Dummies"
14:34 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
Big girls become fat mums? No kidding.

What is missing in the so-called "study", is the unquestionable fact that women and men are eating only junk food, especially the one sold at MacDonalds, Burger King, Max, etc.

Have you not seen really big fat mammies with really big fat daughters and really big fat papas and brothers in these obese factories?

The only thing that I have not seen in any of these obese factories, is a lion, a tiger, a panther or a cheetah. These animals know how to eat. Am I wrong? Tell me:

.When was the last time you saw an obese lion? How about a chubby cheetah? Or a fat tiger? Have you ever seen an overweight leopard or panther? If you have ever watched nature programs on TV, I am sure that you know the answer to the questions just posed.

The answer is "never", in spite of all those famous dieticians around the world still fighting for not losing their faces because for years they have recommended a bunch of stupids how to eat all the junk food in the world, without giving a hood about the damages they inflicted to them: obesity, diabetes, stupidity and senility.

These animal have a daily diet of low carbohydrates and high fat. A diet that provides them 15% carbohydrates,

Yes. In spite of these true facts, the Swedish Health authorities keep on banging that it is better to have less intake of calories, regardless of how much intake you have of carbohydrates.

But suddenly, they start realizing that the tsunami against them is becoming more and more stronger than the one they suffer in Phuket some years ago.

So, start eating like a lion and start feeling better one day yes and another day also. The lions eat, more or less, 60% protein, 25% fat and 15% carbs. No, I am not joking. FIFTEEN PERCENT CARBOHYDRATES. Wow! If you think that a normal Coca Cola has 28 carbohydrates and a MacDonalds hamburger has 29 carbohydrates, you will be shocked.

Do you want to be a fat mum, girlies? Be my guest. Do you want to look like a woman should look? By a lion's guest.

Eat well and live longer and more beautiful.
15:05 March 21, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Leave them out on the ice for the wolves.
15:24 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
# What is your problem with the wolves? They would get diarreah. Do not be so cruel.
15:36 March 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
Studies show that wolf puppies who eat fat girls become fat wolves.
15:56 March 21, 2012 by HYBRED
So if I offered a lion or tiger a Max burger it would turn it down. Somehow I think a cheetah would be happier with a kabob rather than have to run 100kph in the hot sun for a chance at a kill.
15:58 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
That means that later on they will start on being loyal customers of Macdonalds. Poor wolves!
16:49 March 21, 2012 by fikatid
You know what they say, " when the aliens come, they eat the fat ones first."
17:01 March 21, 2012 by stevo1
Great News for Sharks!

They love the fatties :D
19:44 March 21, 2012 by Vill
The article left out an important point:

"A study in Uppsala has concluded that overweight baby girls are more likely to become obese women, who in turn are more likely to have obese babies."...assuming there is enough booze around to severely alter the perception and judgment of the male involved.
20:12 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
The fatties in the picture would not fit in a Great White's mouth. Too big for the great shark.
21:13 March 21, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
And this surprises anyone?
23:48 March 21, 2012 by J Jack
It must be metabolism .. something they don't have in Sudan ..
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