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Junk food diet ‘could damage your child’s IQ’ | Metro.co.uk

Aidan Radnedge - 7th February, 2011

Junk food diet ‘could damage your child’s IQ’

Scientists at Bristol University say that parents who give their children junk food could be lowering their IQ, but equally, 'health conscious' diets could boost IQ.

burger junk food (Picture: Alamy) Eating junk food could lower your child's IQ (Picture: Alamy)

Giving children a diet high in fats, sugars and processed foods in the first three years of life has been linked to lower IQ, regardless of whether diet improved later on.

Equally, giving children a ‘health conscious’ diet with lots of fruit, vegetables, rice and pasta could boost IQ, said scientists at Bristol University.

The brain grows at its fastest rate in the first three years, indicating that head growth is linked to intellectual ability, said Dr Kate Northstone.

‘It is possible that good nutrition during this period may encourage optimal brain growth,’ she added.

The findings emerged after the long-term health of about 14,000 children born in 1991 and 1992 was tracked as part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

Parents were questioned about their children’s diet at ages three, four, seven and eight-and-a-half.

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