The National Institutes of Health has awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to the University of Wyoming to study ways to reduce maternal obesity. UW Animal Science Professor Stephen Ford directs the university’s Center for the Study of Fetal Programming. He says the NIH is funding the research because he previously demonstrated that pregnant sheep are good models for the study of human obesity.
The NIH reports that obesity not only causes health problems during pregnancy, but increases the chances for diseases in children and grandchildren. These include overeating, insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.