DynaHEALTH Partner in Radio 4 Programme 'Down the Generations'

Published on 29/07/2016

A radio 4 programme, broadcast on 29th July 2016, interviewed DynaHEALTH's Professor Tessa Roseboom about the Dutch Famine Study and the impact of the famine on children born during this period.

Towards the end of the Second World War, parts of the Netherlands were blockaded by the German army, resulting in a lack of food supplies. People began to starve and pregnant mothers gave birth to babies who tended to have a low birth weight. These babies were followed through the course of their lives in the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort. The surprising part of the research is not that that the babies had more health problems compared to those in the womb before and after the famine, but at the time these effects took to become evident.

The radio 4 programme talks through early and later studies of this, the only example of widespread famine in 20th century Europe.

To listen to "Down the Generations" click here.



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