The Nine Months That Made You

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 3 of 15

Duration: 1 hour

Horizon explores the secrets of what makes a long, healthy and happy life. It turns out that a time you can't remember - the nine months you spend in the womb - could have more lasting effects on you today than your lifestyle or genes. It is one of the most powerful and provocative new ideas in human science, and it was pioneered by a British scientist, Professor David Barker. His theory has inspired a field of study that is revealing how our time in the womb could affect your health, personality, and even the lives of your children.

  • Supplements from Mumbai kitchen

    Supplements from Mumbai kitchen

    Professor David Barker is involved in a project which could provide a solution to the diabetes epidemic in India. These snacks contain all the nutrients necessary for optimum growth in the womb.

  • Professor David Barker - University of Southampton

    Professor David Barker - University of Southampton

    The theory that carries his name suggests that our growth in the womb can have profound effects on our health in later life. He has just been awarded the 2011 Richard Doll Prize for Epidemiology.

  • Birthweight link to lifelong health

    Birthweight link to lifelong health

    Why does one person die younger and another survive to old age? Lifestyle and genetic factors play a role, but Professor David Barker argues that a better predictor of future health is our birthweight.

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