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A new study gave us the chills.


Were your kids born between the months of January and March? If so, recent research predicts your child may be less intelligent and less healthy than babies born in the spring, summer, or fall. Huh?

Babies born in the winter are more likely to have mothers who are unmarried teens and who never graduated high school, or so says Kasey Buckles and Daniel Hungerman, the scientists behind the study.

Ultimately, they say, it all comes down to socioeconomic status. And air-conditioning. Since heat lowers the fertility of sperm and lower income families are less likely to have air-conditioning, conception usually happens when the weather cools down in spring.

Should we be freaking if our kids were born in winter? No, says Hungerman, a Ph.D. (incidentally, he was born in February). "When you have the kid may not matter as much as people thought," he says.

Also examined in the study is the fact that surveys report women think winter is the least desirable season to give birth. Buckles and Hungerman theorize that those who are better educated and wealthier time their births to more desirable seasons.

women who give birth during the winter months tend to have fewer means

Do you think this study is accurate or a load of baloney?

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21 comments so far | Post a comment now
marisol September 25, 2009, 3:54 PM

this is baloney!!!!!!!!!!

Tyler September 25, 2009, 5:49 PM

I don’t think it’s baloney, It’s just that the graphs show a difference of no more than 3 percent, and the difference between amount of education is 0.1 of a year.

Rae September 25, 2009, 5:54 PM

Stereotyping our kids before they are even born. Society is obsessed with labels.

Anonymous September 25, 2009, 6:51 PM

well no wonder i am so messed up i blame it on my parents!!

Trina September 25, 2009, 7:19 PM

Dumb… First the study’s author says it does matter when a baby is born, then he says it doesn’t? Just another example of media latching onto one little statistic from a study and blowing it all out of proportion. And for the record, my older daughter was born in February, and her school classified her as gifted when she was in kindergarten.

Jeanette Bolvary September 25, 2009, 9:53 PM

It is possible for seasonal influences to play a role in intelligence and even health due to our body’s reliance on the sun for the production of vitamin D. In the past year a whole string of studies have indicated that vitamin D is of vital importance for health, protection against cancer and has even been implicated in Autism.

Chy September 25, 2009, 9:56 PM

The study shows that more poorer parents are having children in these months.Income has beem proven to play a factor in a child’s development because usually it means the parent has less education.Also lower income parents sometimes have less prenatal care than those better off.

Natalie September 26, 2009, 4:58 AM

Just because less fortunate people are having babies in the winter doesn’t mean that ALL babies born in the winter are less intelligent and not as healthy.

tom September 26, 2009, 7:23 AM

this has to b the biggest crock of bologni i ever heard!

abbi September 26, 2009, 9:00 AM

yeah this is the poorest excuse for a half-assed article i’ve ever seeen.
0.1 years of education?

oh god.

i knew this article was crap before i even opened it because i was born in december and my scores and reading levels have always been above province standards with glowing reports and even workplace reviews.

yeah, this is bullsh!t

Te September 26, 2009, 10:03 PM

This is crap. I was born in Feb and was and is still in the top 10% of my high school class and college class. So ha!

alicia September 27, 2009, 6:40 AM

article says “conception usually happens when the weather cools down in spring”

I thought it got warmer in the spring? Or is this study from Australia?

Anonymous September 27, 2009, 8:14 AM

another LAME study

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Cheryl September 28, 2009, 6:30 AM

This is yet another stupid study to make women feel like they have failed their kids. What about the educated women who have undergone fertility treatment and happen to give birth in the winter? Complete waste of time. I hope our tax dollars didn’t fund this crap.

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BETWEEN the months of January and March means: February.

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