Written by: AliciaMarie
Hey moms! Are your kids short? Forget all that genetics stuff! According to a new ‘study’ it’s your fault for being sad.
Depression doesn’t just hurt–it stunts growth, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Mothers who suffer from depression the first year of their child’s life are more likely to have short kids, based on findings by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pamela Surkin, an associate professor at the university, led a team of researchers in analyzing data of over 6,000 mothers and babies through the course of four years. They discovered moms with moderate to severe depression nine months after their children were born, were 50 percent more likely to have SHORT kids by the time they turned five.
Surkin believes the side effects of postpartum depression are at the root of her results.
“We hypothesize that the main link between maternal postpartum symptoms of depression and child height is through care-giving behaviors, perhaps by means of feeding practices or through these mothers’ reduced abilities to get help for their sick children when they are sick,” Pamela J. Surkan, the study’s lead researcher and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Yahoo! Shine.
So…we’re talking the old, ‘nature vs. nurture’? I’d rather talk about shoes.
Thank you, Shine, for the wealth of blog gold you provide every damn day.
(By now – I am really hoping you people can ‘read’ the sarcastic tones on my blog posts. If not, you must think me terribly daft…O_O)
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