Parental obesity and diabetes may be passed onto children

Science Translation

As you have likely heard a number of times, obesity and diabetes are on the rise. Currently, 1 of every 3 Americans is obese and 1 in every 10 Americans has type 2 diabetes. The two diseases are closely related and are often seen together in the same person. Obesity is most simply caused by an excessive intake of food and a lack of physical activity to burn off the calories of that food. People who are obese suffer from a host of other health problems including: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, gout, infertility, cancer, and liver disease. There have been genetic factors identified that predispose someone to becoming obese but what is unknown currently is if or how obesity is transferred between parents who are obese and their children. In order to answer this question a group of researchers performed an elegant study in mice.

The group…

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