Children can counter the negative effects of obese mothers by exercising early, reveals a new animal study

Article by Only Health News.

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, children of obese mothers can reduce the negative effects by starting exercise in their childhood.

This study which was conducted on overweight rat mothers and their pups found that although the rat pups that exercised had less fat deposits and better brain response to leptin – an appetite-suppressing hormone.

Since the physiology of rats and humans are almost the same, Tamashiro, came to the conclusion that, “Just 3 weeks of exercise early in life had a persistent effect on the satiety centers of the brains of these rat pups. If we can find a way to take advantage of that phenomenon in humans that would be great, because preventing obesity is probably going to be much easier to do than reversing it.”

He also goes on to say that children don’t usually spend time in activity that involves physical exercise such as video games among others. The reason for this is because they will experience the positive effects of exercise even if they stop exercising when they’re adults.

And why this is so important is because prior research reveals that mothers who gain excessive weight during pregnancy will increase the risk of having obese or overweight children. This will, in turn, result in these children also having to deal with the after effects of obesity such as diabetes and heart disease in the long run.

Unfortunately, the recommendation of children exercising one hour a day is not sufficient, reveals a report at Medical News Today.