How has this writer lived (well) into adulthood and not known that more newborn babies are male than female? In every single year from 1838—when they began keeping records—until present, more babies born in England and Wales have been boys than girls. And this is common around the globe, according to an article published by the BBC. The ratio is about 105 boys to 100 girls. Many theories exist for why this is the case but the most intuitive of them, IMHO, is that males tend to live more dangerous lives, perishing prior to reproducing. Therefore, nature must produce more males at birth to ensure enough survive to reproduce. It is also hypothesized that sperm carrying the Y chromosome are faster swimmers and fertilize eggs at greater rates than those carrying the X. Maybe an X weighs more. What do I know? Here’s a list of the 7 worst things about being a male.
In men, too much fast food means lower fertility because they get fat and nobody wants to, you know, get with ‘em. But there’s a downside for women, too. A study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction identified a link between women’s pre-pregnancy diets and the length of time it took them to conceive. Among the over 5,000 women surveyed, those who ate fast food 4 or more times per week (holy cow!) took about a month longer to conceive than those who rarely or never ate it. Similarly, women who ate fruit fewer than 1 to 3 times a month (what the…?) took longer to conceive than those who reported eating fruit 3 or more times per day. Many other foods were examined for effect, but fast food and fruits showed the largest impacts. Can we all just agree that McDonalds is terrible and move on? Also, here’s a recipe for the best burger ever. Mixed messages much?