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Over-snacking During Pregnancy Could Predispose Offspring to be Obese

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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Over-snacking during pregnancy could predispose offspring to be obese

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013, 20:23 IST | Place: Washington, DC | Agency: ANI

The new research shows that eating a junk-food diet during pregnancy changes the development of the opioid signalling pathway in the baby's brain and permanently alters the way this system operates after birth.

- DNA

Expecting women, who gorge on too much junk food, can produce future junk food addicts, a new animal study has suggested.

The new research shows that eating a junk-food diet during pregnancy changes the development of the opioid signalling pathway in the baby’s brain and permanently alters the way this system operates after birth.

Opioids are chemicals, which are released when we eat foods that are high in fat and sugar, and that are responsible for causing the release of dopamine, another ‘feel good’ chemical.

The researchers discovered that the gene encoding one of the key endogenous opioids, enkephalin, was expressed at a higher level in the offspring of mothers, who had consumed a junk food diet than in the offspring of mothers who ate standard rat feed.

This increase in enkephalin, together with previous work done by this research group which showed that an opioid receptor blocker was less effective at reducing fat and sugar intake in the pups of the junk-food fed mothers, provides evidence for the first time that the opioid signalling pathway is less sensitive in junk-food exposed offspring.

Being less sensitive to opioids means that individuals whose mothers eat excessive quantities of junk-food during pregnancy and breastfeeding, would have to eat more junk foods get the same ‘feel good’ response, and this would make them more likely to over consume these high-fat, high-sugar foods.

Jessica Gugusheff from the FoodPlus research centre at the University of Adelaide, the graduate student leading this research, said that the results of this study will eventually permit us to better inform pregnant women about the enduring effect their diet has on the development of their child’s lifelong food preferences and risk of negative metabolic outcomes.

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by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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MorningValley
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Sorry, bunch of crap in my opinion.   

But man that pic looks good enough to eat...better go snack lol

mrs.hartman12
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Yes sugar equals bigger babies. Everything we put in our bodies goes to the baby.
Azure
by Representative on Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM
That pizza looks delicious.
Gonzo318
by Rachelle on Jul. 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

 I agree-I am drooling over this pizza!

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