dumber than nails.

a new study has shown that kids who eat loads of junk food have a lower IQ. FOREVER.

from the daily mail,

Children who eat more chips, crisps, biscuits and pizza before the age of three have a lower IQ five years later, a study showed. The difference could be as much as five IQ points compared with children given healthier diets with fruit, vegetables and home-cooked food. But even if their diet improves, it could be too late as the ill-effects can persist for a lifetime.

there's no going back? shit. shit. shit. i can't believe my fears have materialized.


MPM said...

i couldn't tell from the article, but it isn't clear to me that the study authors are saying junk food causes lower iq, right? just correlates with it. i'm annoyed that they didn't link to the actual article.

also, i may have some issues. in this case, with imprecise articles about important research, especially when the outcome is likely to be blaming women (they controlled for maternal education but nothing else?!) for social problems.

ok, sorry that i have just used your blog for my own rants.

ashley said...

and certainly correlation is not causation. if there is one thing i have learned about linear regression, it's that.

i haven't found the actual study, but i can work on that.

Lindsey said...

Sugary treats are empty calories. If there's a dirth of nutrients, makes sense that the brain wouldn't develop to optimal levels. No brain building blocks, just sugar - which actually leaches nutrients out of your body during its metabolism. So, makes sense, but a couple of IQ points is nothing to freak out about, I think.


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