Previously, I wrote about how children as young as 2 or 3 can show signs of inflammation. Now a new study traces things back even further.
This study measured the amniotic fluid of pregnant women to check for levels of inflammation. Women were divided into three groups: normal weight, overweight, and obese. The researchers found that as the woman's weight went up, so did the level of cytokines in the amniotic fluid.
The researchers conclude that:
"Amniotic fluid CRP and TNF-alpha levels are increased in obese women, and both are related to maternal BMI, which suggests in utero exposure to higher proinflammatory cytokines and mediators in fetuses of these women."
All this looks like another way in which children can be born with a predisposition to inflammation.