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Friday, April 25, 2008

Skipping Breakfast


According to Reuters.com, women who are on a low-calorie diet (or skip breakfast) at the time of conception are more likely to give birth to girls?

"New Research by the universities of Exeter and Oxford provides the first evidence that a child's sex is associated with the mother's diet, and higher energy intake is linked to males....There has been a small but consistent decline, of about one per 1,000 births annually, in the proportions of boys being born in industrialized countries over the past 40 years."

Although gender is genetically determined by the father (and his winning chromosomes - XX or XY), the body may interpret the lower calorie intake as low food availability, since it lowers the blood sugar levels. And, since higher levels of glucose "encourage the growth and development of male embryos while inhibiting female ones," skipping breakfast or counting calories could most definitely impact the gender of your child (while it is NOT the end all say all).

For more information or to read the original article, click here.

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

I just read that yesterday. So weird! That can't be true. I hardly ever have breakfast and I have three boys. :)