Proper diet and ideal exercises are a key to a healthy live but we need to be more careful when we live our lives for someone else too. At the time of pregnancy does not just eat for herself but for her baby too. Many of us think that taking high protein or high fat diet will make the baby healthy by all means. But the truth is that anything in excess is always bad. Babies whose mothers consume a high-fat diet during their pregnancy may become the patient of an increased risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, a study has warned. The findings, of an animal study, showed that an unhealthy diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but also alters childrens’ development of the brain and endocrine system which may cause long-lasting mental health ramifications.
Given the high level of dietary fat consumption and maternal obesity in developed nations, these findings have important implications for the mental health of future generations,stated by Elinor Sullivan who is an assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US. Further, exposure to a high-fat diet during gestation and early in development impaired the development of neurons containing serotonin a neurotransmitter that is critical in developing brains. On the other hand, introducing the child to a healthy diet at an early age also failed to erase the effects.
As per Sullivan stated, it’s not about blaming the mothers for not taking proper diet, but it simply about educating pregnant women and their families for making healthy and right choices. For the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, the team tested the effect of a maternal high-fat diet on non-human primates, tightly controlling their diet in a way that would be impossible in a human population.