Friday, February 24, 2006

Always the pregnant Mom's fault

…Do your baby’s prospects of future fatitude lie in what you eat while you are pregnant?

…It’s not as simple as it seems. Researchers at the University of Nottingham, England, found that feeding mice a low-protein diet led to female mice that were less likely to eat fatty foods.

…But when they changed it up and offered the low protein at different stages of gestation, the babies killed for the Twinkies.

…They theorize that the low protein affected formation of the hypothalamus, a gland regulating metabolism.

…In humans, the hypothalamus is pretty well formed by the end of the first trimester.

…What else might be switching on genetic obesity triggers? The docs are not sure. But they do seem to think stuff Moms are doing before they even know they are doing it might be bad.

…Hey, HA is just glad her kid was not a 7-lb green leaf full of rice.

…HA was all about the stuffed grape leaves in the first trimester.

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