Obesity is linked to many diseases. But a new study suggests that maternal obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of colon cancer in their children later in life.
Researchers say adult offspring of overweight women are more likely to develop colon cancer than children whose mothers were underweight or a healthy weight.
The research is published in the journal Gut. The researchers analyzed data collected from mothers who received antenatal care in Oakland, California, between 1959 and 1966. Information was collected about their health six months before they became pregnant. The team of researchers tracked the health of more than 18,000 children through 2019.
68 of the children developed bowel obstruction in adulthood. Researchers found that children born to overweight mothers were 2.5 times more likely than children born to mothers who were not obese.