Ultra-processed foods harm children’s motor skills: healing practice

Why children should not eat ultra-processed foods

When the so-called children ultra-processed foods not only does it damage your motor skills, consumption is also associated with worse cardiovascular fitness.

The aim of a new study in which experts from the Sacred Heart University was to investigate the association between dietary behaviors, particularly the consumption of ultra-processed foods, and markers of physical fitness in a nationally representative sample of children and youth research.

The results were presented at this year’s American Society for Nutrition NUTRITION 2022 annual meeting.

Where does the analyzed data come from?

Explore the link between fitness and ultra-processed foods in various childhood stages To investigate, the researchers analyzed data from the National Survey of Youth Physical Fitnessthe part of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) it is.

The study defined ultra-processed foods as packaged snacks, breakfast cereals, candy, soft drinks, sweetened juices and yogurts, canned soups, and convenience foods such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken nuggets.

Effects on motor development

In children under five years of age, musculoskeletal development was used as a measure of physical fitness. The analysis showed that children with lower scores for motor development Every day 273 more calories from ultra-processed foods consumed than children with the highest motor development scores.

Deterioration of cardiovascular fitness

In older children, on the other hand, cardiovascular fitness was used as a measure of physical fitness. teens and preschoolers good cardiovascular fitness I take 226 fewer calories per day from ultra-processed foods themselves than in the case of children who did not have a good cardiovascular condition.

Effects of processed foods on adults

Previous studies have found that eating ultra-processed foods with a increased risk of cardiovascular disease a adult people connected, depending on the equipment.

However, the effect of such a diet on children has not yet been adequately studied. The current research is one of the first studies to show a link between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and lower fitness in children.

Role of diet and exercise in youth

A healthy diet and exercise behavior are established at a very young age.‘ reports the author of the study. dr Jacqueline Vernaelli in a press release.

Our results point to the need to educate families on cost-effective ways to reduce ultra-processed food intake to reduce the risk of cardiovascular health problems in adulthood.‘, adds the expert.

Parents should give children healthy food.

The study shows how important it is to prepare healthy snacks and meals. “Think of it like saving for retirement – ​​you’re making decisions now that will affect your child’s futureVernarelli said.

In further studies, the research group plans Consumption patterns of ultra-processed foods by age group to examine more closely. The researchers want to find out if children eat more of these foods at breakfast, lunch or as a snack, for example.

A better understanding of how and when these foods are consumedcould in future measures to promoting a healthy diet be helpful, explain equipment. (What)

Author and source of information

This text complies with the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been reviewed by medical professionals.


  • NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE: Intake of ultra-processed foods is associated with poor cardiovascular status in US children and adolescents (Accessed 06/17/2022), NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE
  • American Society for Nutrition: Are Highly Processed Foods Bad for Kids? (published 6/14/2022), American Society for Nutrition

Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.


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