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Food Consumption Early In Life Affects Fertility, Study Says

January 3, 2011 by  

Food consumption early in life affects fertility, study saysThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 7.3 million American women between the ages of 15 and 44 are unable to have children. Approximately 7 percent of married women in that age bracket are infertile.

Infertility is a condition that haunts many men and women in America who want nothing more than to conceive a child, and it has led many people to seek answers about the causes of the disorder. A new study reveals that the amount of food people consume as children may influence their ability to reproduce later in life.

A research team from the University of Sheffield analyzed the church record data on births in 18th century Finland and compared it to agricultural data on crop yields of rye and barley in the same time and place. The study, which appeared in the Dec. 17 edition of the journal Ecology, found that about half of the children who were born during a year in which both rye and barley yields were low would not go on to have any offspring of their own.

On the other hand, almost every child who was born during harvest years, when crops were high, would go on to reproduce at least once in his or her lifetime.

"These results have implications for our understanding of early environmental effects on human and animal health, and will help shed light on our current understanding of fertility and whether it is influenced by individual or social factors," said Ian Rickard, the lead author of the study. 

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  • Victoria DeLacy

    What does fertility have to do with crop harvests? I know my childbearing years were from the previous generation (the “baby” of 6 turns 25 this month while the eldest turned 39 last September), but it seems to me far-fetched to say the least to suggest that harvest times have anything to do with human reproduction.

  • Cliffystones

    How about all of those starving children we see on TV over the years? I remember Sally Struthers in those commercials in the 1980s. Folks who barely have enough food to avoid starvation themselves seem to have no problem reproducing. Or am I missing something here?

    • DEBRA ANDERSON

      BUNCH OF BUNK IN MY OPINION … I AM FROM A FAMILY WHO BREED LIKE RABBITS (WE JUST THINK ABOUT SEX AND GET PG, HAHA) AND ME AND MY SISTERS/BROTHERS WERE RAISED IN A VERY POOR FAMILY AND I REMEMBER PLENTY OF DAYS WHEN I WENT TO BED HUNGRY … I NOW HAVE A 17 YR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER WHO HAS A 3 WK OLD BABY AND HER MOTHER (MY DAUGHTER) IS EXPECTING A BABY IN JULY … GENES I WOULD THINK APPLY HERE

    • http://YouTube.com/CanadaLarry Lawrence Edward Calcut

      May I play, What if for You Cliffystones?

      What if the the body has a program. The overies are formed in the mother womb and they wait until the child is lets say 20 to 30 months old and the program kicks in and starts looking for the one or two things it needs to complete the steps necessary to fulfill its mandate and it doesn’t find it because its a bad year for the crops and the little tike dosn’t get it (whatever it is) in her diet
      Perhaps the body can find other nutrents to complete the program and the child will have all the furtile eges she will ever need.
      Perhaps not.
      This could explane the writer and the researchers conclusions..
      re :
      “” found that about half of the children who were born during a year in which both rye and barley yields were low would not go on to have any offspring of their own.

      On the other hand, almost every child who was born during harvest years, when crops were high, would go on to reproduce at least once in his or her lifetime.””

      It makes sence to me. You??

  • http://com i41

    Those starving people don’t have access to all the party drugs and fad crap. They do have to from neccesssity, move around all the time and don’t eat and drink and lay around or et diet mush. Just from my relatives and my neices, the ones who have problem with fertility, all were eating only diet or no fat food for years and have had problems with curvature of the spine or were real skinny couch lizards. My 5 daughters were raised on whole milk, lots of beef, lots of fruit and vegs. They also did something and were out in the country doing actual work and all are healthy females with grandkids for their mother and I. Also another problem is parents putting their girls on birth control at puberty. People erxpecty little or no ewstraint and control effects will show up pretty fast, same goes for all the AADH and alphabet soup supposedly problems on the increase. No studies on what the 2 previous generations did for reconational drug use and how intesive it was, wheather it was drugs, alcohol, or both.

  • ’53 Korean Vet

    Something that effects fertility more than anything else-! Have you been “Full-Body” Scanned these last 3 years-!? In 1937 thru 1939, they used to have Cabinet-size X-ray machines, called “Fluoroscopes” in all shoe-stores, such as “Buster-Browns” & etc. Kids could wiggle
    their toes & see their foot-bones inside a pr. of ‘new shoes’ to see if they fit-! The AMA Doctors convinced Congress that X-rays were
    “Dangerous” & X-ray machines were “Outlawed” & all “Scopes” removed by law in 2 weeks! (“Think”–destroys red-blood cells, sensitive eyes
    are burned by rays, causes “Cancers” & Sexually Sterilizes kids where
    they can be permanently made “Childless”-!) I see todays X-ray techs
    with a “full-body” lead-apron, & they ‘step-out’ of the room before a
    X-ray is shot-! (Ask a Dr.–why the lead-apron-!?) Because the tech
    doesn’t want to be Sterilized w/o their permission-! And they know they don’t want “Cancers” either-! What Idiot changed that known
    “Dangerous” Law-! What was a “Danger” in 1939–still applies today!
    And you have “Unqualified” people who don’t inform the Public of the
    Dangers-! Where do you have “Qualified Medical Technicians”-! You’ve
    sent “Unqualified” Democrats to run “Dangerous Machines”-! And they
    are sending Kids under 12 yr-olds to have them “Sterilized”–under the Orders of a Dumb Director & a “Wrong-Way” President-! Looks like
    a “Good Class-Action” Multi-Billion Dollar law-suit coming up for a
    few “Good-Lawyers”-! Can you imagine being forced to be Sterilized by your “Super-Bad” Federal Government-!

    • http://YouTube.com/CanadaLarry Lawrence Edward Calcut

      Your Blog is a real winner. You didn’t leave any of your marbles back in Korea did you?.

      May I take the liberty, “While I still can” of ‘Copy and Pasting’ your comments into another wibsite I support.
      The website’s mandate is the destruction of the One World Government and the evils it represents.
      Thanks for a great blog comment.

  • crystal

    What really affects fertility problems are a bunch of liberal women who wait until their 40s to try and conceive.

  • http://Firefox Helen Baughn

    hb
    I have been giving a lot of thought to this subject lately, along with the cause of so many children with autisim, Could it be that so many women, or even young girls take the contraceptive pill for many years, which either eliminates monthly flows or aborts the new fetus. What else does the pill effect in the reproductive organs? Could this rejection of pregnancy also affect future children?
    Food additives are also a question. While investigating them via internet, many are found to cause bodily harm; however no where did I find any indication of a study of how these additives affect ability to impregnate, or the possibility of mental abilities/disabilities of children. What are the pharmacutical companies doing/not doing about studies?
    Thanks for the opportunity to question.

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