Oct. 5, 2022 — What if a baby’s developing brain at the critical time just before birth and in the early days afterward establishes the lifetime risk for obesity?

Previous research has suggested that human genes associated with obesity determine whether a person will have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight later in life. For decades, researchers have looked for links between genetic variants and body mass index (BMI), explains Robert Waterland, PhD, professor of pediatrics-nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  But the problem is the genetic ties found so far don’t explain weight gain and who is most…


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