We know the advantages of eating a healthy breakfast, making the right choices during the day, and eating a balanced meal. But what about junk food? While everyone enjoys eating pizza, french fries and cookies now and then, are there dangers in eating it too frequently? It turns out junk food can negatively affect the academic performance and behavior of young people:
1) Researchers in several studies have revealed that the effects of a poor diet could persist forever, even if the diet improved. This is especially true if the poor diet occurred in the early developmental years.
2) Twenty percent of children with the worst diet at the age of three had an IQ score that averaged five points lower than those who had the best diet by the time they were eight years old.
3) Eating “fast food" and junk food more than twice per week is associated with more instances of obesity and diabetes.
4) Some studies have shown an increased level of agitation and irritability after eating certain foods. Foods such as chocolate, foods high in sodium, and processed sugar tend to have an increased effect of hypersensitivity on the central nervous system. Caffeine also contributed to this effect, especially when taken in high proportions.
5) Over excessive sugar intake has sometimes been linked to ADHD or the tendency to exhibit aggressive behaviors, especially in young children.
6) Too much fat intake, from foods such as pizza, cheeseburgers, and foods rich in carbohydrates can cause extreme weight gain and health issues, including heart disease and other ailments.