You Really Are What You Eat

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The study of epigenetics indicates that parents, grandparents, and even foster parents may have an even larger impact on their children’s health than previously thought. Epigenetics operates beyond the genome; that is, changes in diet and/or activity levels may influence how genes are expressed (i.e. whether or not they are expressed and how and when they are expressed). Changes in gene expression may correlate with illnesses such as cancer and obesity. Our genes will always be with us, but the way they are expressed can be changed depending on the choices we make, and the health-conscious values that parents instill in their children. (CITED”NOVA | ScienceNOW | Epigenetics.” PBS. Web. 25 May 2010. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3411/02.html.)

For more an informative video on epigenetics, check out this link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3411/02.html

 For a straightforward definition and in depth explanation of epigenetics, check out: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.114-a160



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