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Younger Males Smokers Put Their Future Sons At Risk


Obesity is an epidemic, there is nothing more important to society than looking good and feeling good. Obesity actually has a way of claiming many lives per year, and it also seems as if younger smokers may be putting their future off springs health at risk, as well as their own. When it comes to smoking, a new study shows that those who have started smoking before the age of 11 had overweight sons. British research found this evidence, which leads to the conclusion that smoking during your childhood can actually have some sort of effect on your life.
The scientists were originally conducting a study pertaining to “Children of the 90’s”, which would be the most recent generation to reach adult hood at this point in time. It stated that tobacco exposure to men before they have reached puberty could potentially lead to metabolic changes for the second generation; meaning that it could drastically effect the way your first child comes out.

“This discovery of trans-generational effects has big implications for research into the current rise in obesity and the evaluation of preventative measures,” stated Marcus Pembrey, whom is a professor of genetics at the University College London, he also happened to lead the whole study and presented it to during a briefing on Wednesday.

Smoking rates in Britain and other parts of Europe on falling rapidly, but worldwide a whopping billion (yes, with a B) men are smoking cigarettes; around 35 percent of those men being in developed countries, and 50 percent being a ones that in the “developmental” process. This is obviously useful information, as it will allow scientific studies to continue regarding this matter, hopefully one day we’ll find a solution to the metabolic changes in off spring.

Source: Northstone K, Golding J, Smith GD, Miller LL, Pembrey M. Prepubertal start of father’s smoking and increased body fat in his sons: further characterisation of paternal transgenerational responses. European Journal of Human Genetics. 2014.

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