Food Weighs in on Nature v Nurture
Adelaide researchers are once again at the forefront of breakthroughs, looking into our long term health.
At the annual Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Conference held today in Adelaide, both local and international researchers have gathered to present research into how to help our kids be better, healthier adults.
With incidents of obesity, diabetes, mental health disorders and allergies (just to name a few) on the rise, more time is being spent looking into how to stop these trends. And what they’ve found is that the first 1000 days (or from conception to age 2) is key.
Evidence presented at the conference suggests that paternal and maternal weight and diet at conception, maternal diet and weight-gain during pregnancy, and how and what the baby is fed during the early stages of life, can have a significant impact on the child’s long-term health and wellbeing.
“An unbalanced nutritional environment before birth and during infancy, whether it is nutrient deficiency or excess, can significantly increase the risk of obesity and related diseases later in life,” Dr Dr Beverly Muhlhausler, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Adelaide.
The basic message is one that we’ve seen over and over again. It’s important to set a good example right from the very start. Eat healthy and your kids are likely to do the same.
Proverbs 22:6 says
“Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Now we have the research to prove it.
But there is still hope for those of us who maybe didn’t have the best start at life – or who feel they haven’t given their children the best start. It’s never too late to start eating healthy and exercising.
23/06/2016 / Kit Densley