Illinois: A new study has found that a restless environment with poor nutrition can have a negative effect on young children’s decision-making ability, high-level thinking ability, memory, attention and emotional endurance.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States have found that children aged 18 months to 2 years who eat large amounts of sweet snacks and processed foods have more ability to make decisions, work memory and more hesitation. Is. There are more issues with the ability to plan and manage.
About 300 families took part in the study, in which researchers began collecting data on their eating habits, weight, social and emotional abilities and family relationships just six weeks after birth.
A similar study was previously conducted to examine the relationship between diet and decision-making in older children and adolescents. Recent research has focused on children of this age in whom these vital abilities are developing and where eating habits and the home environment can play an important role.
Samantha Ivansky, lead author of the study, said that children’s decision-making ability begins to develop rapidly between the ages of two and five. We wanted to see this early period when parents make important nutritional decisions that affect their children’s ability to think and understand.
The study, published in the journal Nutrients, is based on extensive data from child care providers. They were given a questionnaire asking them about baby food.
At the same time, the caregivers were asked about the home environment, whether the children’s home environment is calm and orderly or the noise is loud and unorganized.
The team of researchers in the study suggested that in quiet homes where routines are in place, poor nutrition could potentially counteract the effects on children’s decision-making ability.