Moms Eating Fish Have Heavier Kids?

Lizzie Ehrnfelt

Article Summary

In the article Moms Who Eat Fish May Have Heavier Children, Alice Park is discussing a study that looked at over 26,000 mothers fish intake during pregnancy, and then found out the child’s BMI at age 2 and age 6. The data was collected from 10 countries in Europe, as well as one U.S. city, which all gave birth between 1996 and 2011. The study showed that women who at fish three times a week were 22% more likely to grow very quickly by age 2, and 22% more likely to be overweight by the time they turned 6. She also states that there is most research that needs to be done to make this credible since there is still only an association between the two, not a direct correlation.

Article Critique

For the most part, I would say this article is fairly reliable. The author, Alice Park, has been one of the leading writers for TIME since 1993. She has written articles covering health and medicine, ranging from AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. She has also been apart of the special TIME staff covering in depth special reports on varying health issues. She has covered many different events with many prominent institutions, making her one of the most reliable health reporters for TIME. The article itself is well written, and the conclusions made are ones based on fact and not just this specific research data. Park addresses the fact that even the researchers point out that this specific connection is still an association, not a correlation. That is very important to mention because that tells people reading the article that you can take the information for what it is, but since there needs to be more research, the information is not reliable unless more studies were done. The study also did not take into account the entire diet of the mothers, the amount of exercise the mother did while pregnant, the pollutants the mother was exposed to, or the child’s diet and exercise at a young age, which all effect the BMI of a child. Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection agency both advise women to limit the amount of fish in their diet due to the amount of mercury in fish, the study did not take into account the type of fish being eaten, as some have more mercury than others. Because that is a well known fact, Park writes that since most nutrition experts recommend that people do actually eat fish because of the health benefits, to listen to them and not this study, unless more research is done on the topic. But overall, since Park talks about the downfalls of the research as well as the upsides, it is a fairly reliable article in my opinion.