Did you know that why your child is eating at school may dramatically increase his/her risks of developing ADHD?
ADHD means Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s a neurodevelopmental mental disorder that affects children, especially between the ages of 5 and 15.
Children suffering from ADHD tend to have difficulty in focusing (Attention Deficit) and also difficulty in controlling their behaviour (Hyperactivity).
In recent years, more and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD.
According to Healthline, cases of ADHD diagnosed in children have risen by 42% in the past 8 years.
Of course much of this increase may be attributed to doctors “overdiagnosing” and pharma companies pushing medication, but a significant part of the increase is likely to be “real”.
And those increases can be seen in countries all over the world.
There are many reasons for ADHD to develop.
Some are related to the development of the baby during pregnancy. This includes the chronic use of pain killers by the mother and alcohol consumption, among others.
There are also other factors, including environmental ones (toxic mould, chemicals, etc).
However one of the strongest factors playing a role in ADHD development is the diet of the child.
A number of high-sugar foods and snacks have been linked to ADHD, alongside processed foods containing artificial flavours and colouring.
Such foods are commonly sold at schools, and include candy bars, doughnuts, sweets, salty processed foods, etc.
These foods don’t just dramatically increase the risk of ADHD, but they also raise the risks of other diseases for the child, including Diabetes, Obesity, cancer and more.
In fact, a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinic Nutrition looked at over 16,000 kids and concluded that “processed foods” and “snacks” significantly increase the risk of ADHD in children (you can read about the study here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41430-018-0131-0
You can read more about ADHD here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder