Paternal obesity at time of conception can lead to overweight kids: study

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Paternal obesity at time of conception can lead to overweight kids: study

Paternal obesity at time of conception can lead to overweight kids: studyA newly published study out of Australia suggests that prospective fathers trim off excess love handles after finding that paternal obesity at the time of conception can likewise predispose offspring to becoming overweight. After years of focusing on the impact of a mother’s health on unborn babies, the scientific community has begun to take notice of how a man’s diet can likewise predict an offspring’s body weight and health — even as early as the time of conception. In a new study out of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, researchers found that when a group of obese, diabetic male rats were mated with lean female rats, their offspring expressed a genetic predisposition for obesity and poor insulin control. "While scientists have focused on how the maternal diet affects children's health, this study is part of exciting new research exploring the impact of paternal diet on offspring risk of obesity," said study co-author Margaret Morris.

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