Highlights from Europe: Health
Full feeling impaired in children of obese mothers
Studies have shown that around one third of 11-year-olds in Europe are overweight. It is known that overweight women produce babies that are heavier, but the reason for that remained a mystery, but perhaps not for too much longer.
Researchers at King's College London (KCL), UK, working as part of the EU-funded EarlyNutrition project, believe that the part of the brain that makes you feel full (the hypothalamus) could be impaired in babies of obese mothers. Preliminary evidence supports the theory that a mother's diet and other behavior might be programming her baby while it develops in the womb.
Other behaviors, like being part of a family that eats healthily, as preliminary evidence has shown that households with unhealthy eating habits leads children to buy more junk food when they are on their own. Interested to learn more about this project?:
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