Pregnant obese moms put children at risk of asthma

October 10, 2011 2:51:29 PM PDT
Pregnant obese moms could be putting their children at risk of asthma, according to a study in the "Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology."

The study found that mothers who were very obese or with a body mass index of 35 and over, had a 61 percent increased risk of their children developing asthma by the time they were between 8 and 10 years old.

Researchers say maternal obesity increases the child's risk of obesity which influences the infant's immune system and its responses towards allergies.