Journal article

Of 'junk food' and 'brain food': how parental diet influences offspring neurobiology and behaviour

Carina Bodden, Anthony J Hannan, Amy C Reichelt

TRENDS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2021

Abstract

Unhealthy lifestyles and mental health problems are increasingly prevalent globally. Not only are 'junk food'-induced overweight and obesity risk factors for the development of brain disorders but they are also associated intergenerationally with ill health. Here, we reflect on the current knowledge of how maternal and paternal diet influences offspring brain development and behaviour, potentially predisposing children to mental health problems. Mounting evidence indicates diet-induced maternal and paternal programming of infant metabolism and neurobehavioural function, with potential downstream effects on mental health and resilience. Beyond the central nervous system (CNS), the microbiota-..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant awarded to A.C.R. and A.J.H. (DP180101974) . A.C.R. and A.J.H. also receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1197277 and GNT1117148, respectively) . A.J.H. is supported by the DHB Foundation, Equity Trustees. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the strong support from the Victorian Government and, in particular, the funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.