We Are What Our Moms Ate

Health problems may stem from mom's junk food diet, study says
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 9:18 AM CDT
What pregnant women eat may impact their children's health throughout their lives.    (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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(Newser) – Long-term health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease may begin in the womb with mothers who eat junk food during pregnancy, the Guardian reports. A new study suggests expectant mothers who eat unhealthy diets not only risk the health of their newborns, but may set the child up for a lifetime of health problems.

"A mother's diet while pregnant and breastfeeding is very important for the long-term health of her child," said one of the authors of the report. "We always say, 'You are what you eat.' It may also be true that you are what your mother ate. Mothers must eat responsibly while pregnant."