Obese mothers risk shortening lives of children by up to 17 years, study suggests

Obese and overweight mothers risk shortening the lives of their children by up to 17 years a new study suggests. Scientists in Belgium discovered a strong link between Body Mass Index (BMI) and the length of telomeres in research involving women and their babies. The children of obese mothers have shorter telomeres  Photo: iStock Telomeres are the protective caps at the end chromosomes which shield DNA in a similar way to the plastic aglets at the end of shoe-laces, preventing unravelling. The length of telomeres is a good indication of biological age so scientists were keen to find out if length differed…
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