Life expectancy is on a downward trend . Generation X-ers are on their way to being the first generation in more than 50 years to not outlive their parents. New research indicates that the cure for this disturbing trend begins in the womb, or even before conception.

Babies’ birth weights and mothers’ pregnancy weight gain have been on the rise for at least the last 20 years. What moms eat during pregnancy determines their baby’s food preferences. Research indicates that the fetus develops a taste for what mom likes to eat, so if mom eats junk food, high fat/high sugar foods, and not enough fruits and vegetables, her baby will crave the high fat/high sugar diet. If, on the other hand, mom eats healthy, low fat foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, her baby will prefer these healthier foods.

So, how do we combat the obesity epidemic? We start by teaching our children healthier eating by example. Train them to be smart consumers and teach them how to eat healthy now, before they have babies of their own.