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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