Excessive Consumption of Fish during Pregnancy Results in Child Obesity

Feb 17, 2016 04:20 AM EST | By Shilpa Chakravorty


A recent research review reveals that the consumption fish more than three times a week during pregnancy by women will lead to obesity problems in their kids in the future.

The last alarm about the fish was the presence of mercury that harms the digestive system, lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Now the scenario is about the fish intake by mothers and obesity in their kids.  

A study was conducted by Dr. Leda Chatzi and her colleagues from The University of Crete in Greece. It included the women from various countries like Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the U.S state of Massachusetts.

The consumption varied from one region to other region. The study was done by 26000 pregnant women over a period of six years from 1996 to 2011. They are tracked regularly until end of the study.

The study revealed that the children whose mother consumed more servings of fish were gaining abnormal weight than those who consumed lesser amounts, according to reports from Fox News.

However, Dr. Chatzi advises the women to eat the fish at right amounts. The fish is full of desired minerals, proteins and omega-3-fatty acids. So they should not be neglected.

Though the study reveals the connection between the excessive fish consumption by the mother and the obesity of the kids, still it does not rule out the real reason that causes obesity in the kids.

The omega-3-fatty acid is known to break the fat which is an important ingredient of fish. Also the mercury has no connection to obesity though they cause other problems to the body. The above controversies stay unsolved leaving the general population to speculate.

So it is wise to go for the U.S health regulators' recommended intake of fish. It advises restricting the fish intake to three servings per week. That will save both you and your child.   

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