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Smaller Babies are Likely to Suffer from Depression as Adults

Dec 06, 2007
Canadian researchers found that babies born with low weight may be prone to develop depression later in their life.

Ian Colman, leading author of Alberta's School of Public Health in Edmonton and reserchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London have found that weight birth of the babies can affect their mental health predisposing them to depression.

After analyzing the records of 4,600 people born in UK in 1946 for cases of anxiety and depression over a 40 year period they found that low birth of the babies is linked to depression when these babies become adults.

Although scientists warn that low weight at birth is not a problem in itself, but more the conditions that predispose a baby to lower weight. Low weight is often a result of stress experienced by foetus in the womb. When a mother is stressed, the blood flow in the womb is restricted and thus the baby doesn't get enough nutrients. Thus many of these babies are born with lower weight.

The findings of the research are published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
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