Los Angeles Times—July 7, 2008
However, it's possible that the two are not linked as cause and reaction. "The same stressors that are preprogramming the fetus to be heavier when born may also be programming the fetus to develop rheumatoid arthritis later in life," Mandl said. Both heavy birth weight and rheumatoid arthritis may be symptoms of an underlying condition, according to Mandl.
The results of the study were published in the July issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
To learn more about the relationship between a child's birth weight and health later in life, read Heavy Birth Weight Increases Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis.