Friday, February 5, 2010

Son’s of obese mice are fatter and have increased anxiety

In an interesting experiment, Dr Bilbo at Duke University gave some regular mice a diet high in saturated fats. These were not genetically obese mice, they were just fed a heavier diet and they became obese during the pregnancy. Their offspring were more anxious and also considerably fatter. The obesity in the offspring continued into adulthood even though the offspring were switched to a low fat diet. So it seems that when a pregnant mother eats an unhealthy diet it causes long lasting effects in the offspring. Some of the decisions we make and the actions we take can have very profound and long lasting effects.

Dr Coleman

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