Turn on the TV and you’re bombarded by ads for foods that are sweet, salty, fatty and low in nutrition. Obviously, these foods are bad for your waistline; but a growing body of evidence shows that they warp your brain function, too. And research reveals those who are especially vulnerable.
The especially vulnerable group consists of children and even fetuses. Scientists at Deakin University in Australia have found that when pregnant women binge on junk food, they increase the chances that their children will later develop mental problems and be more prone to learning disabilities.
Added to that, a study at the University of Adelaide in Australia shows that mothers who are junk food junkies give birth to babies at higher risk of also being hooked on high-fat, high-sugar processed foods early in life.
According to researcher Felice Jacka: “It is becoming even more clear that diet matters to mental health right across the age spectrum. The changes to our food systems, including the shift to more high-energy, low-nutrition foods developed and marketed by the processed food industry, have led to a massive increase in obesity-related illnesses right across the globe.”