SMOKING AFFECTS YOUR WOMB | Healios

SMOKING AFFECTS YOUR WOMB

Recently it has been known that tobacco smoking by pregnant mothers is associated with rapid weight gain of the foetus during infancy and higher risk of obesity in childhood and later in adulthood.

This environmental exposure of the foetus to chemicals in the tobacco influences metabolic programming leading to high risk of obesity. It acts by perturbing the mechanisms involved in fat synthesis and storage and thus may increase individual’s susceptibility to obesity. These chemicals in the tobacco are called “obesogens”

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