A new report in the European Heart Journal finds that a mother's height, weight and nutritional habits are a long-term predictor of heart disease for male babies. The study, which analyzed nearly 7,000 Finnish men born in the 1930s and 1940s, found that babies who later developed heart disease tended to have lower weights and lengths at birth. The researchers identified three types of mothers whose sons had higher long-term risks of contracting heart disease, in descending order of risk:

  • Mothers who were taller than average but had above-average body mass indexes.
  • Shorter-than average mothers.
  • Tall mothers with below-average body mass indexes.

Click here for an abstract of the report.