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Low carb mums have fat kids?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 23, 2011 at 5:36 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13119545

They seem to me to be saying....low carb mums have these markers. Also fat kids have these markers. Therefore low carb mums cause fat kids. Therefore pregnant ladies must eat more sugar and starch. I think the logic may fail, but I would like a better scientist than I to look at this article.

Does this research make sense?

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on February 03, 2012
at 01:08 PM

It was a study of women who were pregnant during a brief famine in Holland after WWIi and follows the children into middle age. I am not so great with cutting and pasting links but that should give u enough for a search.

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on January 04, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I won't comment on the validity of the article/findings, but if this were the case, that might explain why so many pregnant paleos have sudden insatiable cravings for wheat and starch (i.e., it's a protective measure).

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:28 AM

The article is based on a study, if you don't have access to the relevant database, you should be able to access it at your local library.

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:27 AM

And how is this getting voted up and being the accepted response? This is addressed in the article: "Professor Keith Godfrey, who is from the University of Southampton and led the international study, told the BBC: "What is surprising is that it explains a quarter of the difference in the fatness of children six to nine years later."" I haven't read the study, but it implies that they controlled for different diets of the children.

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I wish we knew how the kids were eating. I mean, would the child of a paleo mom who then also is brought up paleo have weight problems? This is so vague.

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:37 AM

Sounds to me that the kids genes desired to maintain a low carb diet to thrive on but they were being fed copious amounts of junk food, as most 6-9 year olds are, and got FAT! Just as my kids did when I was put on a low carb diabetic diet when I was pregnant all 3 times and my kids started to fatten between those ages. I've since reversed that though...

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:27 AM

And how is this getting voted up and being the accepted response? This is addressed in the article: "Professor Keith Godfrey, who is from the University of Southampton and led the international study, told the BBC: "What is surprising is that it explains a quarter of the difference in the fatness of children six to nine years later."" I haven't read the study, but it implies that they controlled for different diets of the children.

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on April 23, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Most people going low carb are overweight. Possible cofounder?

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I'd want to know more about what the women were actually eating. Were they low carb on fresh veggies and meats, or low carb on junk with a bunch of fake sweeteners and GMO soy fillers? I think there is a massive difference!

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Hmm, after reading the article my immediate thoughts: what exactly was the 'diet' of these 'low-carb' pregnant women (e.g. fat and protein ratios?). What was the diet of the kids from birth to age 6-9? I'd be interested to know that as well. Also, I don't think 'chubby' 6-9 year-olds mean they are going to be obese later in life. Perhaps there is a correlation, but correlation does not mean causation.

You asked does the research make sense: I would need more data. Scientific articles. Something more comprehensive. Data can easily be skewed in such articles, in my opinion. I like facts.

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:28 AM

The article is based on a study, if you don't have access to the relevant database, you should be able to access it at your local library.

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on April 23, 2011
at 11:27 AM

Mumble jumble. Low Carb is always under attack from the mainstream medical society. This report is so vague, it explains nothing.

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on January 04, 2012
at 02:48 AM

I would have to find the journal, but way before I had interest in low-carb I do remember a journal article on children who were born to mothers who were suffering from food shortages or had lost weight due to illness ( Spanish flu? Must google) children had more fat cells, were fatter throughout life and suffered more effects of obesity. Think about it, it makes sense. If you develop in the womb of a starving woman ( ketosis is read by the body as starvation), it would be advantageous to lay down more fat cells in preparation to enter a world with food scarcity, enabling the baby to take advantage of " good times" by laying down ample stores of fat. My take away? To give your baby a better shot in life, don't go through pregnancy on a ketogenic diet. If a pregnant cavewoman had access to carbs, she would eat them.

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on February 03, 2012
at 01:08 PM

It was a study of women who were pregnant during a brief famine in Holland after WWIi and follows the children into middle age. I am not so great with cutting and pasting links but that should give u enough for a search.

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