Junk food and low IQ!!!

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Sharon - posted on 02/08/2011

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FTT = Failure To Thrive.

The diet thing is bullshit.

You have to figure any parent shoving a continuous diet of fucking bigmacs and shit on a shingle coupled with candy and ho ho's - isn't very into their kid any way - THATS why the kid has a low IQ. Its not the diet. Its having a parent who doesn't give a fuck.

Minnie - posted on 02/09/2011

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I think a lot of people are thinking of things with sugar and fat- but when I think of junk food I think of things full of MSG, EDTA, TBHQ, FD & C Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue lake....whatever the number is....I bet if a child is being stuffed full of this day in and day out it will affect him.

JuLeah - posted on 02/09/2011

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Yup ... it is not just our school systems that have us so far behind other countries. It is our diet. Doc say about 30% of what they see folks for is caused by genetics, but about 70% of the issnesses they treat are caused by life style choices. Health care is destroying our nation and we could soooo easily fix the problem. Eat right, get enough sleep, and get up/get moving

LaCi - posted on 02/09/2011

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WTF is wrong with pizza? I cover 4 food groups with my pizza. :p



And there's nothing at all junky about it.

Tara - posted on 02/09/2011

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Silliness.
This study did not account for all the variables that play more of a role in IQ than food, such as environment, which plays more of a role than anything. Parental intelligence level? Socioeconomic status? Level of parental education?
I highly doubt that this study is conclusive and completely accurate.
Obviously it's not okay to feed your baby chips and pop and cookies etc. but I doubt that the odd slice or piece of an arrowroot is going to damage their IQ that much.
Besides like Teresa, I breastfed my kids so I'm balancing it out.

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Krissy - posted on 02/09/2011

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well SOME junk is ok...

but it only makes sense that if a child isn't getting proper healthy nutrition (((I.E. vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats))) It only makes sense that their bodies are going to not be working at top speed. I'm not super healthy woman myself, but even I know that my kids need to eat right to stay on a good path in life.

Jenn - posted on 02/09/2011

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I believe the study. It's not saying that kids who have junk on occasion are stupid. It's saying that kids who eat a healthy diet have a very slight increase in IQ. Makes sense to me. Junk food = empty calories. Healthy food = nutrients that fuel the brain.

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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Oh dear.....we have to get enough sleep? THAT one I am still trying to figure out :P

Johnny - posted on 02/09/2011

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Ugh, meatballs. There's really nothing wrong with them, just that as a teen I probably ate a meatball sub from Subway every day for 3 years with the exception of the days when I went to McDonalds. I need to eat healthy for the rest of my life to make up for the damage I did then.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/09/2011

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Homemade meatball pizza = nom. I tried a non-homemade once and it sucked. Terrible meatballs.

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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I LOVE homemade pizza. It tastes so good and I can put prawns and pineapple on half and whatever Damo likes on the other half.

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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My husband is diabetic, and I still make pizza, burgers, wedges, nuggets, and a lot of things considered *junk* but they are not junk because of the WAY I make them and the ingredients I use. He can still eat them, but if we went out to a fast food restaurant, he couldn't have them because all of the bad white carbs and bad processed sugar they put in it. My homemade food also doesn't have the additives they have. So MUCH healthier both on the body and the mind.

Not saying we don't eat junk occasionally, because we do (hey, occasionally a craving for Maccas salty fries.....) but it isn't an everyday, or even and every week, occurrence.

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I recently made poptarts...the essence of junk. Except mine were made with whole wheat flour and all fruit jelly...yummo! I agree that the artifical chemicals makes food "junk".

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Pizza can be healthy, I make really healthy pizza at home. Its the additives and processed stuff that makes food bad for you. Threats every now and again are fine, your body needs a certain amount of healthy sugar fats and salts. When you process the crap out of it, that's when it hurts your body. Its more the chemicals that cause the issues...that's why i don't eat chemicals, i eat food. I have no problem believing that too much junk causes low I.Q, if you don't feed your body the right stuff, how can it grow and develop properly.

Johnny - posted on 02/09/2011

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If you can't recognize any of the ingredients on the label and/or the nutritional values are listed as zero, then you can be totally certain that it is junk. But lots of things that are considered "junk food" can actually be made at home in a healthy way. Eating well doesn't mean eating boring. Like others mentioned, pizza can be pretty healthy, especially for kids. As Lisa said, once you start eating stuff full of chemicals and food dyes, it's probably not doing their little bodies many favors.

Marylea - posted on 02/09/2011

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I saw this on the news last night and I think its kind of common sense that if you feed your kid garbage food all the time while they're developing that they potenially wont be as smart as a child with a healthy balanced diet. But there are alot of other factors that determine a person's IQ. Its never just one thing that determines a person's intellegence so a study like this isn't overly fair because you don't know the other factors.



http://hanlonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2011/0...



^ good article about it



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What abt the cultures where people eat a lot of Pizza? I do agree that it's the food additives that r harmful and the amount of sugar and trans fat.

It is an observational study that compares the two extremes- best and worst diet. But in these evaluations it is difficult to perform other kinds of studies . U couldn't do a double blind randomized controlled trial which is the best form of evidence...

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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Homemade pizza doesn't count!! It's the processed crap with all the additives that is the problem. Like the pizza's you buy, unless it is at a restaurant that makes it from scratch.

Bonnie - posted on 02/09/2011

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I heard about this last night on the news. I'm not too sure what to believe. If they eat a balance of healthy and junk or probably a little more healthy than junk, they should be okay.

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2011

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Not if made from stratch Concerned Mom!

I dont know why we needed a study to tell us this. It is clear the brain needs lots of healthy food to develop correctly. A childs IQ has nothing to do with their parents IQ, its just silly to think that IQ is genetic.

Now is a 5 point difference really that big of a deal, god no! This article isnt saying that children who grow up on junk food are dumb, just that their peers who eat fresh food daily are a tad bit smarter. No real biggy.

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2011

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my little girl was focased on I think due to other issues as well otherwise Im sure it wouldnt have been so much of a problem if she wasnt always in the hospitals eye. But shes also very tall. Each time her weight was checked by a different hospital they kept thinking they did it wrong and making me re weigh and measure her. Then they said she had somethig wrong with her. But shes fine. Some kids are just meant to be petite :)

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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Sounds like my little one. She has always been on the small size. Interestingly, however, it has never been suggested she may be FTT. Possibly because she has always been on the same curve, even born less than 3rd percentile weight. But she is also small in height Even now she is only 17kg at almost 6 :) And she is pretty much the shortest one in her year level at school. In fact a lot of kids a year younger than her are taller than her.



I don't worry about her too much - she's the most active kid I know, and she runs rings around her older brothers, LOL.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011

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she turns 3 in less then 2 months. Yeah I think that yogurt is good for them and high in calorie as well so since she loves it has big bowls of the stuff a few times a day I give that to her. I think shes doing ok I tell people shes doing ok but some people still spin out with 11.6kg. I mean until about 6 months ago she was 10.4 and now has put on so Im greatful and I think shes doing great now. Pretty much now like I said its just the full fat of everything (sucks for us lol) and lots of butter on toast etc. Sometimes I forget who Im making food for and stack on the butter and its revolting

Jodi - posted on 02/08/2011

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And there ARE ways to increase caloric intake without feeding kids *junk*. I wouldn't consider full fat dairy products as *junk*. It's just something we should avoid when we don't need the additional calories because then it sits in all the wrong places, LOL.

Jodi - posted on 02/08/2011

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How old is she Mandy? Anything under about 3 and I wouldn't see much wrong with 11.6 - my daughter didn't reach 12 kg until she was 3.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011

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Well I suppose my kid gets all the good stuff too. These days since its not so much of a problem i try to prepare nice healthy meals and lots of fruit veges yogurt etc but just add all the junk food in after as a dessert add tones of butter on foods and whenever out go get her a milkshake, she may have all the crap but gets as much good food as she'll have as well. Since her weight isnt so bad anymore. 11.6 kg

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Well, since I'm breastfeeding my almost 3 year old and that is supposed to RAISE IQ..... I think it'll balance him out. lol!

Jodi - posted on 02/08/2011

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There is a difference between feeding a child with FTT foods high in carbohydrates and fats and feeding a child processed junk food and food full of sugar.

I can totally believe that a diet full of junk would probably have some effect on the development of a child. The article hasn't specified what they classify as "junk" (yes, some of it would be obvious, but some may not be), but it should be noted that it did say "“This doesn’t mean you should never give your child a fizzy drink, chips or pizza, but these foods and drinks shouldn’t dominate the diet,”she said.

Without having read the study itself, it is hard to know HOW they actually allowed for all of the other variables. I find it hard to believe many of the variables they listed can really be allowed for to an accurate extent because many of them are very subjective. And yeah, Carol, I was thinking about the dumb factor too..... Did they test the IQ's of the parents? Perhaps they are likely to get similar results, in which case, is it the chicken first, or the egg?

But anyway, I can see how it could cause issues.

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Not a clue. My girls eat good healthy meals over 95% of the time so the 5% that they don't doesn't really bother me. All of my girls are above their peers in IQ so again I am happy with what we are doing. :)

Johnny - posted on 02/08/2011

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Perhaps parents who are dumb enough to feed their kids excessive amounts of junk food may just be passing down lower IQ, lol. Or perhaps their company and intellect isn't very stimulating for their kids, so they don't develop a higher IQ. Not to mention the body needs appropriate amounts of nutrients to properly develop, which includes the brain, so if they aren't getting those, they might be stunted. I'm kind of anti-junk food, but we do have it occasionally. I certainly don't think a bag of chips is going to make kids dumb.

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I say everything in moderation. My son eats fries, chips, ice cream and cookies. But only on occasion. His day to day diet consists of healthy foods. Fresh fruit. Veggies. Dairy. Whole grains. Fish, chicken and occasionally beef and pork. An order of McDonald's fries once a month or a few cookies a week as a snack isn't going to hurt him and I really don't believe it's going to affect his IQ at all.

Stifler's - posted on 02/08/2011

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Everything in moderation is my thoughts. People don't seem to know what that means these days. If all you eat is crap food of course you don't feel like learning things, or doing ANYTHING except watching tv and eating more junk and telling the kids to piss off and watch tv while you sleep.

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Makes more sense after reading the whole article. They're talking about an abundance of junk food. I have to say that my 3 yr does get some junk but the majority of his meals/snacks are heathy and homemade. Everything in moderation. I think he's pretty smart for 3 (sometimes I think he's too smart for his age).

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011

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sometimes I wonder where they get all this crap from. Yeah my kid si only going on 3 very soon but shes had a life of junk food due to FTT and she sure is smart. Always did counting words etc before other kids everyone was so impressed

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Thanks Jodi I use my iphone so it is not possible for me to publish the whole article . But I thought it was quite interesting

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We all know that junk food has harmful effects. But all things in moderation.

At home we eat whole foods and meals from scratch. It's a work in progress, but we are making great strides. Because we eat at home for 15-18 of the week's 21 meals, I don't worry about the times when we aren't eating at home. Those other meals include 2 meals a week at church (we take turns cooking), once a week at my moms, once a week eating out.

Jodi - posted on 02/08/2011

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Here is the article - I just searched on the site that the above link took me to:

.By Jenny Hope First published: February 8th, 2011


EmailSaveSMLLRGPrintRATING:0Why good nutrition is crucial for children’s early years.

Toddlers fed a diet of junk food can suffer lasting damage to their brainpower, British researchers warn. Children who eat more chips, crisps, biscuits and pizza before the age of three have a lower IQ five years later, a study showed.

The difference could be as much as five IQ points compared with children given healthier diets with fruit, vegetables and home-cooked food.

But even if their diet improves, it could be too late as the ill-effects can persist for a lifetime. This is the first study to suggest a direct link between the diet of young children and their brainpower in later life.

The study

The project at Bristol University took account of factors such as social class, breastfeeding and maternal education and age. Researchers also allowed for the influence of the home environment, for example a child’s access to toys and books. They said good nutrition was crucial in the first three years of life when the brain grows at its fastest rate.

Young children eating a diet packed with fats, sugar and processed foods consume too few vitamins and nutrients, which means their brains never grow to optimal levels.

The findings are the latest to be published from a major investigation of childhood development called the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. This tracks the long-term health and well-being of around 14,000 children born in the early 1990s.

Parents completed questionnaires about the food and drink consumed by their children at the ages of three, four, seven and eight. Three dietary patterns were identified; a processed diet high in fats and sugar, a traditional diet of meat and vegetables and a health-conscious diet high in salad, fruit and vegetables.

Researchers Dr Pauline Emmett and Dr Kate Northstone said the effect of a poor diet on brain development could persist forever, even if the diet improved.

In the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, children’s IQ was measured when they reached eight years old.
Dr Emmett said that the diet for children aged four or seven years had no impact on IQ scores.

Results

But the 20 per cent of children with the worst diet at the age of three had on average an IQ score five points lower than the group eating the best diet by the time they got to eight, she said.

She added: “The brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years and good nutrition during this period may encourage optimal brain growth. By the age of three, brain development is slowing down which is perhaps why the diet doesn’t have much effect afterwards.”

Dr Emmett said the ‘traditional’ diet of meat and vegetables and the health-conscious diet led to better IQ scores probably because they had more fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and home-cooked foods.

“This doesn’t mean you should never give your child a fizzy drink, chips or pizza, but these foods and drinks shouldn’t dominate the diet,”she said.

“Young children should be eating a normal family diet, with home-prepared fresh foods, but the problem is we have lost touch with food. People are frightened of preparing it from scratch.”

Development

Dr Emmett, who has dietician training, said she admired TV chef Jamie Oliver’s attempts to get families cooking and eating together, using simple recipes and good ingredients.

The study of 4,000 children used a points system to score their diets. For every one point increase in scoring from a processed diet at the age of three, there was a 1.67 point fall in IQ points.

For those children who ate the other diets, every one point increase in the dietary pattern linked to a 1.2 increase in IQ.

Michael Nelson, director of research at The School Food Trust, which aims to improve the quality of food in schools, said: “Given that around 23 per cent of children start school overweight or obese, it’s clear that healthy choices as part of their early development will stand children in good stead – not only for keeping a healthy weight as they grow up, but as this evidence suggests, improving their ability to do well at school.”

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Longitudinal study of 14000 children. IQ difference of 5 points. Healthy diet and home cooked meals best. Occasional eating out ok. study published Journal of Epidemiology

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That link isn't working for me but based on what you have written I'm going to say that I don't believe it.

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