Are We Entering A Generation Of Weakened Individuals?

I’m talking about a future of individuals at a greater risk of chronic conditions such as liver disease, obesity and diabetes. Excuse the pessimism here, but it remains a very real possibility based on research published in the journal Cell Metabolism. The study found that environmental factors in the womb can predispose both the mother’s offspring and the grandoffspring to metabolic disorder such as the abovementioned. The findings suggested that malnutrition could be the common denominator here, they found that mice who were malnourished and who had a 50% caloric restriction during the last week of pregnancy had offspring that were low birth weight, were failing to thrive (unable to grow) and incredibly went on to become obese and diabetic ac they aged! What was particularly interesting was that the grandoffspring seemed to inherit the predisposition to metabolic abnormalities.

In a society that seems to be struggling to buy healthy food and drink because of inflating cost, are we actually entering a generation of weakened individuals based on nothing more than malnourishment…surely not in this day and age, are we?!?


Science Daily, (2014). Malnutrition during pregnancy may affect the health of future generations. Retrieved 2nd May, 2014, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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