Anorexia Linked to Season of Birth

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 23, 2012

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New born baby Researchers have indicated that anorexia nervosa is in all probability linked to the season in which a baby is born. This research was carried out by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University. The research has been headed by Dr. Lahiru Handunnetthi.

The research indicates that babies who are born during the season of spring are more prone to developing anorexia nervosa in the later stages of their lives. The development of anorexia is the least in people whose season of birth is between September to October. This link apparently holds water because a developing baby’s mental as well as physical development is linked to weather and environmental conditions. Exposure to vitamin D, seasonal infections and changes in seasonal temperature are all contributing factors. It is a well established fact that the health of the newborn baby is directly linked to the health of the mother and the conditions that she is exposed to during the course of pregnancy.

The recent findings are also suggesting that it is not much of a surprise that anorexia development is linked to season of birth. Apparently other major nervous disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression are also affected by season of birth. 

This research conducted at Oxford University compared the birth dates of 1293 anorexia patients with the birth dates of those who are part of the general population.



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