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Obesity passed on by gender?

July 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
New research suggests a strong link in obesity between mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, but not across gender lines.In a study involving 226 families, British researchers found obese mothers were 10 times more likely to have obese daughters. In addition, obese fathers were six times more likely to have obese sons.

But they say they were surprised to find obese mothers and fathers had no effect on children of the opposite sex.

Researchers say the link may be behavioral rather than genetic.

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