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A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that children of obese mothers have increased risks for developing serious cardiovascular disease and early death. Yikes!

The study is based on the health records of more than 37,000 people born in Scotland between 1950 and 1976. It does not try to explain why a mother’s weight would affect the health of an adult child decades later. Genes may play a role, and so too might family lifestyle. There is abundant evidence that adult eating habits are often originally defined during childhood, so family lifestyle may play a significant … Read the rest

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Is the current obesity epidemic contributing the rise in the number of children diagnosed with autism? According to a new study by the University of California, Davis and Vanderbilt University, the answer is “yes.”

Researchers believe that about half the risk of autism is genetic and half is a result of other, external factors. This latest study finds that mothers who are obese are significantly more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental abnormality.

The study involved more than 1,000 children as well as their mother’s health history. They found that those mothers who were obese before … Read the rest

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It turns out that healthy eating can start paying dividends for children even before conception. A study led by doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine, along with others, found that women who eat a low fat, fiber-rich diet in the year before becoming pregnant had a significantly lower risk of certain birth defects.

The study showed that women who ate healthy diets, both during pregnancy and in the year before becoming pregnant, gave birth to fewer infants with two of the most common birth defects – neural tube defects (defects of the brain and spinal cord) and orofacial … Read the rest

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It turns out that healthy eating can start paying dividends for children even before conception. A study by doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine found that women who ate a low fat, fiber-rich diet in the year before becoming pregnant had a significantly lower risk of certain birth defects.

The study showed that women who at healthy diets before they became pregnant gave birth to fewer infants with tow of the most common birth defects – neural tube defects (defects of the brain and spinal cord) and orofacial clefts (deformed nose and/or lips). There was also a lower incidence … Read the rest

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