Children of obese parents often face weight problems themselves. But Colorado scientists may have a clue to breaking the cycle.
A study from the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus found obese mice given a certain hormone don’t pass on the condition. Professor Thomas Jansson is a senior author of the study. He thinks the same treatment could work for humans.
"It holds the promise that by affecting the pregnancy, you can actually change the life course of the baby in terms of life course and disease," said Jansson.
But he also emphasized how difficult it is to treat pregnant women with drugs.
More than two-thirds of U.S. women enter pregnancy obese or overweight.