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The way a woman eats during pregnancy can affect her child's DNA, making him or her more prone to obesity, according to researchers at Southampton University.

Professor Mark Hanson, pioneer of the research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), showed that a woman's diet can have a profound effect on her child's heart health.

Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director for the BHF, said: "This study is important because it strengthens the evidence that eating a healthy balanced diet during pregnancy directly reduces the risk that your child will grow up to become overweight or obese."

Professor Pearson was keen to stress that ensuring a child eats a healthy diet and takes regular exercise are also important ways to protect their health.

The BHF recommends a balanced diet, which it states should be made up mainly of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods and protein.

People should aim to consume a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, according to the BHF, in order to cut the risk of heart disease.ADNFCR-858-ID-800508098-ADNFCR

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