A new study, conducted in rats, has shown that a pregnant mother’s diet, in this case high fat, can increase the likelihood of teen substance abuse.
Researchers at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior have found that certain chemical signals called neuropeptides, which normally function in the hypothalamus region of the brain to promote food intake, appear to also spur on drug-seeking behavior as well. They found that how the neuropeptides work in adults is similar in embryos and a mom’s high fat diet causes the growth of more neurons in this area of the brain. The result is high activity in this area of the brain well after birth and predisposes teens to drug abuse.
So to all of you pregnant mommies out there, please remember you are eating for two even after birth!