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Fast Food May Drop Your Child's IQ

Fast food is quick, easy, and convenient, and while it is no longer cheaper than making a meal at home, it still tops the list of food items that people put in their mouths, especially in countries like the United States. Unfortunately, these tasty food items have been discovered to be bad for your health, and this probably isn’t news to you, but what you may not realize is that recent studies have shown that it might also be detrimental to your child’s education. New research shows that children who eat fast food have been linked to poor academic outcomes. Medical News Today states: “Past research has linked fast-food consumption to childhood obesity and numerous health problems later in life. But eating such foods may not only affect physical health; a new study finds that the amount of fast food children eat may also influence their academic growth.”

Whether this is related more so to lifestyle and family values, or the actual food being eaten is yet to be determined, but the results show proof that having a burger and fries from your favorite greasy take out window, might not always be as convenient as you think, especially if you have hopes of college as part of your child’s future.

Learning About The Connection

The research was processed by Katy Purtell, who works as an assistant professor at Ohio State University in the Human Sciences department. She and her team discovered that the more fast food consumed by a fifth grader, the lower the test scores were in reading, match, and science by the eighth grade. This information was then published in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, and follows a number of other studies that have focused on the downfall of fast food in the modern life.

The Prevention Institute has issued the data that up to forty percent of the diets of children come from fats and sugars in unhealthy ways. They also state that only twenty-one percent of kids between the ages of six and nineteen get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. This and other food related inquiries were put to the test in Putell’s work.

Analyzing The Data

Purtell and her team poured over information taken from more than eleven thousand children who took part in an Early Childhood Longitudinal Study between 1998 and 1999. All of the children involved were in grade primary or kindergarden, and were asked to complete a questionnaire in the fifth grade which regarded fast food consumption. What they found was somewhat shocking as only twenty-none percent of the children could report no fast food in the week before. STLtoday.com says: “More than half of the students the researchers observed ate fast food one to three times a week, and nearly three-quarters of them ate fast food at least once a week.”

The rest had all eaten fast food at some point in the last two weeks. The team also noted that the scores on tests were a full twenty percent lower for children who had eaten fast food when compared to those who hadn’t. A whopping ten percent of the children in the study admitted to eating fast food every single day, and another ten percent ate it four to six times each week as a meal.

Other Fast Food Observations

Fast food has recently shown an increase in the birth weight of babies born to mothers who have indulged in too much fast food as well, showing that the effects of fast food on children doesn’t end with feeding them directly, it can also effect babies before they are born. Although there is no harm in indulging in a burger and fries once in a while, the number of Americans who seek out fast food as a regular nutritional option is surprising, and is increasing damage exponentially each year to the way that your body functions, as well as how your children operate and whether or not they will succeed, not only in the classroom, but in life beyond school as well. The same motor skills and cognitive function is required in daily life that is portrayed in the classroom, and your child may never reach their goal of becoming a veterinarian or engineer, if they aren’t able to complete testing at the grade school levels for match, science and English.

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