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Sep, 2023

Teaching Kids That What They Eat Matters

Teaching Kids That What They Eat Matters

Understanding the impact of food choices on behaviour, brain health and development

Kids are not generally renowned for being health-conscious with what they eat. In fact, what teens are more typically known for is a fondness for fast food and soda. Active kids and teens who are into sport often do not give much thought to their food choices - after all, they have a happy knack for staying lean whatever they eat. From a performance perspective this seems short-sighted - high-performance engines require the highest quality of fuel and they are quite literally putting sugar in the gas tank. But there are bigger problems. The growing rates of obesity among kids and teens indicate there is a need to give kids’ eating habits urgent attention. Beyond the visible deleterious effects on physical health, there is growing evidence of hidden threats, including serious negative consequences for brain development, behaviour and mental health.

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