How Obesity Among Men Impacts Breast Cancer Risk of Daughters

Obesity in women is associated with a long list of health problems, including breast cancer. As breast cancer survivors, we are told it raises our risk of recurrence. As mothers and mothers-to-be, we are learning more and more about the deleterious effects of obesity during pregnancy on our children’s short and long-term health, but what about fathers? How might obesity among men at the time of conception impact a child’s health? Researchers studying this very relationship summarized their results as follows: “A father’s body weight at the time of conception affects both their daughter’s body weight both at birth and in childhood as well as their risk of breast cancer later in life.” Read more here.

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