Obesity Now an Issue for Unborn Infants

Doctors in Britain have begun administering the diabetes drug metformin to unborn babies of morbidly obese mothers-to-be in an attempt to reduce the fetuses’ weight.

Since obese pregnant women create too much insulin, resulting in “sumo babies” who weigh 11 pounds or more at birth, doctors aim to reduce the weight of the fetus as these extra-large newborns have twice the chance of becoming obese adults. In addition, obese pregnant women are at a higher risk of dying while pregnant and are more likely to give birth to stillborn babies.