Bad (and Good) Eating Habits Start in the Womb

Last week my piece “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb” appeared in The New York Times and generated a lot of interest and  commentary — it was the number one most emailed story on the entire site for over a day. I find this to be an encouraging sign that people are really concerned about the food they eat, and especially about the health of their babies and children.

Click here to listen to an interview I did for New Hampshire Public Radio discussing my piece. Below is a description from NHPR’s website.

You may be familiar with the ordeal of introducing children to broccoli and spinach.  Two new studies suggest that finicky eaters might have picked up their discriminating habit in the womb. Forget genetics, personal responsibility, and discipline. Your taste for junk food and soda may have a lot to do with how your mother satisfied her cravings.

Kristin Wartman, is a food, politics and health journalist. She recently wrote about the new science of food choices for the New York Times.

Photo: Rafael Viana Araujo via Flickr Creative Commons

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2 responses to “Bad (and Good) Eating Habits Start in the Womb

  • owsbill

    Dear Kristin,

    I’m so happy for you that you got this article in the Times and that it’s generating so much buzz! It’s never a bad thing to reopen the whole “nature/nurture” debate, and the whole issue of the need for women to have paid maternity leave (to which your article implicitly alludes) should be a much more alive topic than it currently is. Great work! Keep it up! (how’s the book coming along?)

    Peace,

    Bill

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