Let me begin with…sigh…here I go again. Thanks Leah for sending me this article: http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/pregnant-dieters-make-obese-kids/
Of course, as usual, I got fired up, mad….and had to lash out once again on my poor keyboard. I wonder when I will have to replace this thing?
The article is called “Pregnant Dieters Make Obese Kids.” The title alone makes me cringe, let alone the content. Once I started reading, I immediately saw the usual trend; the article blamed the media for displaying super thin pregnant celebrities, which in turn starts a new fad. Normal women believe it is natural to be thin while pregnant, therefore cutting calories-which in turn, starves their baby.
The entire idea appalls me. Ask any one of my friends, I struggle with my own weight and body image issues. I have always been a bit on the thicker side until more recently in my adult years. It’s a constant struggle that started when I was very young. However, when I was pregnant…while I tried to eat healthy for the most part, I most definitely didn’t starve my child. Who on earth does that? Well, I guess I could ask the same question to the people that shoot heroin or smoke crack while they are pregnant.
The research studies they refer to suggest that starving yourself while pregnant actually may change your babies DNA functions, causing them to become obese later in life. They may have done the studies on sheep-but who cares? The results were astonishing. Here’s the result of the experiment and what they found:
When the researchers examined the brains of developing lambs, they found evidence that the lambs’ DNA had been methylated, or chemically-altered, in ways that changed the functioning of genes. In particular, the genes that influence food intake and glucose levels were modified so that the lambs could be expected to face a greater lifetime risk of developing obesity and diabetes.