Q: Why is America so fat?
A: New research shows that moms who eat junk food (a diet high in sugar, fat and salt) are dooming their kids to a life of obesity, high blood sugar, high levels of circulating insulin, high triglycerides and/or cholesterol.
This study showed that a “maternal junk food diet promotes adiposity in offspringand brings on the earlier onset of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and/orhyperlipidemia”.
Even when the Big Mac eating mama’s kids (fyi, these were rat babies – it just seems that human moms have become a little reluctant to expose their unborn children to cigarette smoke, toxic chemicals and twinkies all in the name of science) were switched over to the “healthy” rat chow, they still had excess body-fat and enlarged fat cells.
Unluckiest of all were the Big Mac eating girl rats, who showed significantly higher levels of…
The male rats got off a little bit easier. They showed elevated levels of only IRS-1, VEGF-A, Glut 4 and LPL, when compared to their carrot eating brothers. No idea why there was a difference between the males and females.
The study’s authors concluded that, “a maternal junk food diet promotes adiposity in offspring and the earlier onset of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and/orhyperlipidemia. Male and female offspring also display a different metabolic, cellular and molecular response to junk-food-diet induced adiposity”.
First off, let’s not blame it all on Mom – Mom has it hard enough without this kind of guilt being dumped in their laps.
However, this study does show that the 9 month gestational period has an enormous effect on the rest of the baby’s life. When a mom-to-be succumbs to the lure of the Golden Arches, she may be setting her unborn child up for a lifetime of obesity, health problems, societal stigma, stress, depression, etc…
The list goes on and on.
To avoid these problems, Mom NEEDS to eat healthy if she wants healthy babies.