Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Candy a Day Makes for Violent Adults

(HealthDay Summary)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but a candy a day leads to violent crimes as an adult? According to
a study out of Wales, childhood diet has a lot to do with adult violence.

The findings,
published in the October issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, were based on data from the British Cohort Study, spanning nearly 40 years. 17,415 children born in a single week in the 1970s in the UK entered into this study, and detailed health and lifestyle information was collected at several points over the past 40 years, including ages 5, 10 and throughout adulthood. Of the total group, those individuals who had reported committing a violent crime were more likely to have eaten a daily candy or sweet at age 10.

Despite the link, the researchers caution us that there is no 'cause-effect' link yet established in this equation. There are many factors that could have led to such a correlation, and the cause has not yet been disentangled.
Melinda Johnson, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association has suggested that perhaps diets high in sweets are indicative of poor nutrition overall, which could potentially to abnormal brain growth during a critical period of development.

To find out if you should stop giving your kids sweets, check out the article "
Daily Candy in Childhood Linked to Violence in Adulthood" at MedlinePlus (Oct 2, 2009).