October 23, 2009 --
Weight-loss surgery can bring many benefits, and now researchers think it may also help the next generation keep off excess weight. New research suggests that something in an obese woman's womb can program the fetus toward becoming a fat child and adult. Doctors have noticed that women who have weight-loss surgery end up having children with less risk of obesity.
What researchers think is that a heavier women's body may send out some kind of mysterious biological signal. It may even predispose the fetus to make more fat-storing cells.
Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and SUNY Down State Medical Center are now looking into the origins of inherited obesity.