Children’s decision-making ability affected by poor diet, restless environment
IL: A new study has found that a restless home environment combined with poor nutrition negatively affects young children’s decision-making ability, higher-level thinking that includes memory, attention and emotional stability. can
Researchers at the University of Illinois in the United States found in a study that children aged 18 months to 2 years who ate high amounts of sugary snacks and processed foods had impaired decision-making ability, working memory, planning. And more problems arise in organizing skills.
About 300 families participated in the study, in which researchers began collecting data on the babies’ eating habits, weight, social-emotional competence and family relationships six weeks after birth.
A similar study was conducted earlier that examined the relationship between diet and decision-making in older children and adolescents. Recent research has focused on children at an age when these important skills are being developed and how dietary habits and home environment can play a role.
Samantha Iwinsky, lead author of the study, said that children’s decision-making skills begin to emerge immediately between the ages of two and five. We wanted to look at this early period when parents make important dietary decisions that affect children’s cognitive abilities.
The research, published in the journal Nutrients, is based on extensive data provided by caregivers of children. These individuals were given a questionnaire in which they were asked about the diet of the children.
Caregivers were also asked about the home environment, whether the children’s home environment was calm and orderly or noisy and disorganized.
In the study, the team of researchers hypothesized that quiet homes with established routines may prevent the effects of poor nutrition on children’s decision-making ability.