Mother’s diet ‘can make kids fat’

first_img 51 Views   one comment HealthLifestyle Mother’s diet ‘can make kids fat’ by: – April 18, 2011 Share Can a baby predict the environment it will be born into?A mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter the DNA of her child and increase the risk of obesity, according to researchers.The study, to be published in the journal Diabetes, showed eating a lot of carbohydrate changed bits of DNA.It then showed children with these changes were fatter.The British Heart Foundation said the results showed the need for better nutritional and lifestyle support for women.It is thought that a developing baby tries to predict the environment it will be born into, taking cues from its mother and adjusting its DNA.EpigeneticsStudies in animals have shown that changes in diet can alter the function of genes – known as epigenetic change.It is a growing field trying to understand how the environment interacts with genes.In this study, the researchers took samples from the umbilical cord and looked for “epigenetic markers”.They showed that mothers with diets rich in carbohydrates, such as sugars, had children with these markers.They then showed a strong link between those same markers and a child’s obesity at ages six and nine.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.”The report says the effect was “considerably greater” than that of birth weight and did not depend on how thin or fat the mother was.The changes were noticed in the RXRA gene. This makes a receptor for vitamin A, which is involved in the way cells process fat.Professor Godfrey said: “It is both a fascinating and potentially important piece of research.“All women who become pregnant get advice about diet, but it is not always high up the agenda of health professionals.“The research suggests women should follow the advice as it may have a long term influence on the baby’s health after it is born.”Professor Mark Hanson, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study provides compelling evidence that epigenetic changes, at least in part, explain the link between a poor start to life and later disease risk.“It strengthens the case for all women of reproductive age having greater access to nutritional, education and lifestyle support to improve the health of the next generation, and to reduce the risk of the conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, which often follow obesity.”By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Badminton News Lakshya clinches Asia Junior Championship title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Lakshya Sen on Sunday became only the third Indian shuttler to secure a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships after defeating reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in straight games in the finals at Jakarta.The sixth seeded Indian from Uttarakhand, who had won a bronze medal in the last edition of the competition, notched up 21-19, 21-18 upset win over Vitidsarn in the summit clash that clocked 46 minutes.”I am happy to win the tournament. It will boost my confidence. I played in the team event and then in the individual event, so it was a long tournament. The focus was on recovering well after each match and I am happy I could play well and win,” Lakshya told PTI.The win against second-seed Chinese the other night helped me. I carried my confidence further and beat the fourth-seed in the semi-finals. And today, I played my natural game to beat Kunlavut. Since it was our first meeting, I played freely without any pressure,” he added.Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu (2012) had won the prestigious title earlier. Sindhu had won a bronze as well in 2011, while Sameer Verma won a silver and bronze in 2011 and 2012 and the pair Pranav Chopra/Prajkta Sawant bagged a bronze in 2009.Lakshya has been sensational in the tournament as he stunned second seed Chinese Li Shifeng, fourth seed Indonesian Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay in the semifinals and top seed Vitidsarn in the final.Also Read | Sports Authority of India selects 734 athletes for Khelo India scholarship “It was very hectic. In fact, ahead of the tournament I had to tweak my training a bit as I had suffered shin splints. During the tournament also, I had to take pills sometimes to curb the pain,” he said.”Overall, it was a good tournament. I have played with all these top players before, so I knew their game.”Lakshya was cautious in his approach and started trailing by a few points in the first game before he caught up at 9-9 and then used his customary drop shots and half-court smashes to go ahead 13-11. He didn’t look back there after despite his rival coming close to him at 16-15.In the second game, Lakshya led with a slender margin but managed to maintain a two-point lead almost all the time.However, midway through Kunlavut inched closer to his opponent and was trailing by a mere single point at 10-11.Yet, there was no real threat to the six-seeded Indian who upped the ante and forced Kunlavut into errors at the net, gaining a four-point lead.Not to be outdone, the Indonesian reduced the margin but it was too late for him to stage a real recovery.Read More | Kazakh Olympic figure skater stabbed to death at 25 India’s junior national coach Sanjay Mishra showered praise on Lakshya.”Winning any tournament is a big thing and he has clinched the gold in a tournament where the best of world competes. We know Asia is the hub of badminton and winning the Asia title will give him a big boost,” he said.”The Thai player was playing more of a rally game and he was getting points, so we decided to change the strategy and finish it quick. It helped as Lakshya started dominating the proceedings.” last_img read more

Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 be in doubt? Survey shows disgruntlement in Japanese companies

first_img 3 weeks ago Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds 3 weeks ago UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 Be In Doubt? Survey Shows Disgruntlement In Japanese Companies Tokyo Olympics 2021 could be in trouble after a survey conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research showed half of the Japanese companies want it cancelled/postponed again COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 3 weeks ago Events around the UK mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE 2 weeks ago National Sports Award’s dignity has to be maintained: Sushil Kumar 2 weeks ago Narsingh Yadav returns to national wrestling as Olympics hopeful after 4-year doping ban Written By Sporting activities worldwide came to a standstill in March due to COVID-19 pandemic with players been forced to put themselves under self-isolation. One major sporting event that received a major setback was the Tokyo Olympics which was earlier scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year.Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2021 To Cost IOC Additional $800 Million: Thomas BachWhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Olympics until next year, a recent survey suggests that half of the Japanese companies want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled or postponed again. Back in March, a report emerged claiming that Japan is officially spending close to $12.6 billion to organise the Olympic Games, but a national audit put the figure at more than twice that figure. Also Read: Usain Bolt Net Worth, Records, Personal Life And THAT 9.58 Second FeatTokyo Olympics 2021: A number of Japanese companies want Olympics postponed Japanese news agency kyodo on Thursday reported that in the online survey done by Tokyo Shoko Research, which covered 12,857 companies, 27.8% want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled while 25.8% said the Olympic Games should be postponed again. The report further states that Xinhua has claimed that a combined 53.6% of the responding firms are against holding the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.Also Read: Thom Brennaman Suspended From NFL Broadcasting Team After Using An anti-gay Slur On Air The report further states that the survey, which was conducted between July 28 and August 11, shows that 46.2% want the Olympic Games to go ahead in some way while 22.5 % are in favour of holding the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as planned. Another 18.4% want Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be held but with fewer spectators, while 5.3% want the Olympic Games to be held without any spectators.Also Read: Conor McGregor To Return To UFC? Irish Star Drops Hint On Diaz Rematch Anniversary PostPV Sindhu and Sushil Kumar eye glory at Tokyo Olympics 2021 Back in 2016, when the Olympics were held in Rio, Brazil, Indian badminton star PV Sindhu made the country proud by winning a silver medal in the singles event. Sindhu was all set to fight for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, with COVID-19 forcing the Olympic Games to be postponed, PV Sindhu welcomed the move, saying that nothing is more important than human life.On the other hand, Sushil Kumar could be playing in his final Olympic Games and the wrestler will look to sign off in style. The 37-year-old was struggling to make the cut for Tokyo Olympics 2021, however, the postponement of the event due to COVID-19 has only given him another chance to have a shot at winning a medal. Image credits: Olympics/Instagram FOLLOW US Suraj Alva last_img read more