Researchers from the University of Sydney have just published the findings of a study showing that the babies of overweight mothers have thickened artery walls, a sign of early atherosclerosis which can lead to heart disease and stroke. This occurred independently of the child’s birth weight which is also linked with future health risks. The findings highlight the importance of encouraging women of childbearing age to maintain a healthy weight. “This will not only be good for the health of the mothers in the long-term, but potentially also that of their children” the researchers conclude. Read more about the study here.