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Content: WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Daddies, watch your waistline! Women have been warned of the risks of obesity during pregnancy, but a new study shows obese fathers may also influence children's development, local media reported Monday. "Our study is one of the few that also includes information about fathers, and our results suggest that dad's weight also has significant influence on child development," said lead researcher Edwina Yeung from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the United States. The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, found that children of obese parents may be at risk of developmental delays, CNN reported Monday. The researchers looked at 4,821 children from 4 months old to the age of 3, between 2008 and 2010, and found specific effects on children, depending on which parent is obese. The findings showed that compared to children of normal-weight mothers and apart from health related issues, children with obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill, which is the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in fingers and hands. Children with obese fathers were also more likely to fail measures of social competence, which indicate how well they were able to relate to and interact with others. In addition, children born to extremely obese couples were much more likely to fail problem-solving tests. However, it is not yet known how parental obesity might increase children's risk of development delays. "Our study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect. At this point, we only have correlations between parents' BMI (Body Mass Index) and children's scores on a screening questionnaire," Yeung said. The authors noted that studies on animals have indicated that obesity during pregnancy may promote inflammation, which could affect the fetal brain. "We know that obesity greatly increases the risk for such conditions as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. For anyone, male or female, pregnant or not, it makes sense to attain a healthy weight," Yeung said. BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Argentinian Foreign Affairs Minister Susana Malcorra on Monday praised China's development policy as "consistent and coherent in the long term." Speaking at a seminar held at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange on China's role in Latin American industry, Malcorra said the Asian giant has made notable progress in the last three decades in keeping with its own farsighted development programs. "While in the 1980s, Latin America's GDP (gross domestic product) surpassed China's by 150 percent, in 2013 it represented 60 percent of China's GDP," said Malcorra, who will travel to China on Wednesday, accompanying President Mauricio Macri to attend Group of 20 (G20) Summit. The 11th G20 summit is to be held on Sept. 4-5 in China's eastern city of Hangzhou under the theme of "Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy." The minister called for greater efforts to understand and learn "what it means to have ties with China, a country that plans for the long term." "China is consistent and coherent in the long term. Food security is one of the major issues that concerns many regions of the world, including China, and that is an opportunity for the region," said Malcorra. "If we begin to understand its long-term outlook, perhaps we can forge a position for the region that will facilitate the relationship," she said. China is Argentina's second largest trade partner, after Brazil, and main export destination for agrifoods, and the two countries have elevated ties to the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. At the same event, Lucio Castro, secretary of productive transformation at the Ministry of Production, also underscored bilateral ties with the Asian country, saying "China is an important, essential partner of Argentina's." "As President Mauricio Macri has noted, we are going through a new stage, marked by more balanced trade," said Castro. "The relationship with China is important, because the national productive plan aims for an intelligent insertion into the world, taking care of employment, and because the focus of the plan is to try to break with a growth scheme based on crises, currency exchange adjustments and collapsed wages instead of competitivity," said Castro. 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