Fast food may be causing more damage than meets the eye

Fast food is bad. This has been a tough choice for many who are absolutely obsessed with fast food and

are incapable of making the right decision. When it comes to these matters most people prefer

tantalizing their taste buds than working towards a healthy body.

Research team from the Ohio State University has studied excessive use of fast foods not in adults but in

children and have reported their findings which were published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

Kelly Purtell, lead author of the study believes, “There’s a lot of evidence that fast-food consumption is

linked to childhood obesity, but the problems don’t end there. Relying too much on fast food could hurt

how well children do in the classroom.”

The study targeted children who were in 5th grade and observed them through years until they were in

8th grade. The 11,740 volunteers were part of the Early Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort and

were tested for subjects like science and mathematics and had to be assessed in literacy and reading as

well.

The first time the children filled out a questionnaire was when they were in 5th grade and according to

the stats, 29 percent children had not consumed any fast food in the week before. Almost half of the

children had had one or the other kind of fast food one to three times, 10 percent had taken it six times

in a week while another 10 percent reportedly consumed it every day.

When assessed, the children who were in a habit of consuming fast food on a regular basis were shown

to have done poorly in their assessments. Those who ate fast foods almost 4-6 weeks showed less marks

in all three components, while those who did it 2-3 times, showed lower marks in just math.

Overall, all those kids who ingested fast food more frequently, progressed poorly in their academics as

compared to those who did not.

“We’re not saying that parents should never feed their children fast food, but these results suggest fast-

food consumption should be limited as much as possible,” Purtell said.

Although the study did not establish the reason to these findings, the researchers suspect it to be due to

low levels of nutrients that are essential for the proper growth of a child’s cognitive skills, such as iron

and various vitamins.

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