Junk food consumption ‘raises mental health risk in kids’

June 2nd, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 2 (ANI): Teenagers who eat lots of junk food are more likely to suffer from behavioural and emotional problems, a new study has found.

However, eating fruit and vegetables appeared to improve adolescent behaviour, the study found.

Dr Wendy Oddy, the lead researcher of the Australian study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, blamed takeaways for problems such as depression, aggression and delinquency, reports The Daily Express.

She said: “We found higher levels of behavioural and emotional problems were associated with a more Western-style way of eating, namely a diet high in takeaway foods, red meat, confectionery, soft drinks, white bread and unrefined cereals.

“These problems were less among teens with a healthier style of eating, specifically those who ate more fruit and vegetables.” (ANI)

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