Obesity surgery’s benefits extend to next generation

Pregnancies after the operation yield healthier children

By Nathan Seppa, 17:21 PM September 1, 2009

Children born to women who have achieved drastic weight loss through stomach surgery are healthier than children born to severely obese moms, a new study shows. The findings suggest that obesity creates an unhealthy environment for a fetus that has ramifications later on, scientists report in the November Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“This is very important work,” says Dana Dabelea, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Colorado–Denver and the Colorado Schoo...

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