Junk food affects learning, research finds

August 27th, 2008

Research has found that children who eat junk food from an early age could have a reduced ability to learn.

According to the Guardian, researchers from Bristol University and the Institute of Education at London University conducted the study over the last four years.

Its findings suggest that those children who ate junk food at age three made the slowest progress in later years at primary school.

And the research team stated that school meal quality can make little difference, saying: “Children who do poorly at school are more likely to have been affected by the food they ate many years earlier, rather than the chicken nuggets they had at lunchtime.”

The study also found that children starting a poor diet at ages four and seven did not suffer academically.

Last month a survey by London Metropolitan University showed that pupils are ignoring the new healthy heals on offer, choosing instead to visit local shops to buy junk food.
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