FORT MYERS, Fla. -
Parental lifestyle affects offspring's health:
Parental influence on a child begins before conception.
Poor parental health = child's poor health
Obese parent = child with metabolic disease - cardiovascular and diabetes
Anxiety and immune dysfunction can be passed on.
Children of obese fathers are more likely to develop cancer.
Environment's effect on embryo:
Age of the parents.
Poor diet affects eggs and sperm
Smoking - chemicals stored in egg and sperm
Not too late to make a change.
Adopt better lifestyle choices when deciding to have children.
The few months prior to conception are key!
Children affected by Parental Incarceration
2.6 million U.S. children have a parent in jail at any given time.
Significant health problems, including behavioral issues in children.
More detrimental than divorce or death of a parent.
Increase in ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, speech or language issues, developmental delays and behavior or conduct problems.