Ba­bies who suf­fer pain are more likely to end up fat

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

NEW­BORNS who ex­pe­ri­ence pain may be at greater risk of overeat­ing and obe­sity in the long-term, sug­gests a Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity study.

Baby rats that felt pain from an in­jec­tion ate more of a sug­ary so­lu­tion at each meal com­pared to those that didn’t. And there was a greater ef­fect in fe­male rats — re­searchers say testos­terone may pro­tect males from neona­tal pain, ac­cord­ing to the jour­nal Phys­i­ol­ogy & Be­hav­iour.

The the­ory is that this time is key for de­vel­op­ing the cells in the part of the brain that con­trols eat­ing be­hav­iour. It is thought this may have im­pli­ca­tions for treat­ing new­born ba­bies.

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