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Junk food makes kids stupid -- really!

02/10/11

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Diets high in fats, sugars and processed foods are lowering toddlers' IQs, a new study has suggested.

It found eating habits among three-year-olds shape brain performance as they get older.

A predominantly processed food diet at the age of three is directly associated with a lower IQ at the age of eight and a half, according to a Bristol-based study of thousands of British children.

Food packed with vitamins and nutrients notably did the opposite, helping boost mental performance as youngsters got older, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports.

Researchers said toddlers' diets could change IQ levels later in childhood, even if eating habits improve with age.

"This suggests that any cognitive/behavioural effects relating to eating habits in early childhood may well persist into later childhood, despite any subsequent changes to dietary intake," the authors wrote.

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is it the food, or the 'stupid' parents providing the food as well as the genes???
Really why study these things!!
Scientist , just blowing the way the wind (funds for research) blows,
again. again, ....sad

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Do you seriously not see the importance of scientists studying the links between diet and mental (or physical) health? What could be more important than that?

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Genes count for about 3-5% of disease, thus likely the same with brain function. The fuel one puts in the body affects all bodily "cylinders". Poor fuel=poor response.

I would call the parents uneducated rather than stupid. They're simply feeding kids what their relatives & friends are feeding their kids.

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I would call the parents uneducated rather than stupid. They're simply feeding kids what their relatives & friends are feeding their kids.
Thanks for sharing your information...

Regards, Johny

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I would call the parents uneducated rather than stupid. They're simply feeding kids what their relatives & friends are feeding their kids.
Thanks for sharing your information...

Regards, Johny

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