You Are What Your Mother Ate

There is a ton of research showing that that obese parents are more likely to have obese children. Whether it’s genetics or lifestyle choices, fat parents are doomed to take the blame for their fat kids.

But what if you’re a chubby couple trying to have kids…and you don’t want your kids to follow in your plus-sized footsteps…..what do you do?

Diet?   –   According to the latest research, that’s a bad idea.

A new study (sheep…not human) suggests that twins, and babies of mothers who diet around the time of conception and in early pregnancy, may have an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes throughout their lives.

“This study may provide a new understanding of why twins can develop diabetes,” said Anne White, Ph.D., study author from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK. “It also suggests that dieting around the time a baby is conceived may increase the chance of the child becoming obese later in life.”


While there is nothing you can do about your genetics, it’s looking more and more like our lifestyle choices have a profound epigenetic effect on our health…and the health of our unborn children. It’s also looking like extreme lifestyle choices ( ex. over-eating or under-eating) end up causing problems across the board.

The research is finally catching up with common sense.

  • Eat in moderation.
  • Exercise in moderation.
  • Stop sitting so darn much.
  • Develop friendships in the real (not virtual) world.
  • Put away the car keys and go for a walk


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

One thought on “You Are What Your Mother Ate

  • April 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This is very true in many respects. It starts even before we are born, as a behavioral therapist, habits are hard to break but the sooner we catch it, the easier it becomes to change. I work with a overweight/obese population where we are trying to do just that-catch it early. Adolescents and young adults are increasingly developing and reinforcing these behaviors each day. There are very few places that can actually help with this and it boggles my mind how we can be in the middle of an epidemic and not have as many resources to address the issue. However, I am glad that there are many that want to help including Doug Robb :-) Thanks so much!
    Rachel Thomas, MA NCC
    Behavioral Coach
    Wellspring Academy of California


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