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High Fat Diet Raises Breast Cancer and Mental Illness Risk in Offspring

High Fat Diet Raises Breast Cancer and Mental Illness Risk in Offspring

But breast cancer is not the only illness linked to a high fat diet. In a new study published in the medical journal Frontiers in Endocrinology , researchers found that a mother’s high fat diet during pregnancy can not only affect her children’s risk of obesity, but also brain development and mental health issues like anxiety. In this study, researchers assessed the effects of a high fat diet (35.57 percent of the total caloric intake as fat) for 1.2 to 8.5 years prior to giving birth. However, saturated fat (which is the main type of fat in meat and poultry) made up the largest percentage of the total fat intake. The researchers found that the maternal high fat diet made the offspring significantly more prone to neurodevelopmental disorders like anxiety.

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