Children of obese mums 3.5 times more likely to develop diabetes

The public health implications are 'profound', say researchers

Maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in offspring, a study suggests.

Child testing glucose levels

A research team, led by Dr Rebecca Reynolds from the University of Edinburgh, linked birth records of 118,200 children born between 1950 and 2011 in Aberdeen to Scotland’s national register for diagnosed diabetes.

They found children whose mothers had a BMI of 30kg/m2 or more at their first antenatal visit were 3.5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those whose mothers were in the normal weight range.

The analysis