Childhood obesity is still on the rise, and there’s a new possible cause sharing the blame with junk food and TV. Recent research from Kaiser Permanente found that children born to mothers with high magnetic field (MF) exposure during pregnancy have an almost 70 percent greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. While more research is needed to understand why, chief researcher De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, speculates that the MFs may damage the metabolic systems of unborn babies. To minimize exposure and potentially help prevent childhood obesity, moms-to-be should:
- Keep a safe distance (at least 2 to 3 feet) from electrically charged appliances and gadgets, including microwaves, vacuums and hair dryers, when in use.
- Avoid talking on cell and cordless phones, or use them with a wired headset or speakerphone.
- Carry cell phones and other electronic devices in a handbag (not a pocket).
- Use laptops on a table, not on your lap.