Increased ADHD if Mom Overweight?

A study out of Europe, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looked at 2000 Swedish kids and found that there was a reduced ability to pay attention in school or preschool among those whose mothers had been overweight.

Some possible reasons given:

  • Excess weight might disrupt mothers’ metabolism, making it harder for nutrients essential to brain development to reach the fetus
  • Pregnancy puts huge stress on the metabolism, and excessive weight gain might throw it out of balance – perhaps by raising mothers’ levels of blood glucose, or of the hormone leptin
  • Inadequate vitamin D, which is linked to mental development and is known to be present in lower levels in overweight women
  • Greater exposure to damaging chemicals, which accumulate in body fat. Continue reading “Increased ADHD if Mom Overweight?”
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Obesity Beats Smoking as Top Health Risk

Researchers from Columbia University and the City College of New York say that obesity causes as much or more disease than tobacco. One of the reasons is that while smoking rates are beginning to decline, obesity is on the rise and actually shortens as many or even more lifespans than smoking.

The study, conducted over 15 years, was based on interviews with more than 3.5 million people and calculations of the number of “quality-adjusted life years” (QALYs) lost to obesity and smoking. Between 1993 and 2008, smoking in American adults declined by 18.5 per cent, while the proportion of obese people increased by 85 per cent, the study says. Continue reading “Obesity Beats Smoking as Top Health Risk”

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