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Diet fuelling children's misbehaviour

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Much of the behavioural anomalies we are seeing among children in school is partly as a result of diet.

The dietary trend is a high consumption of high sugar and salt or fast foods. Such a diet has little nutritional value. Hyperactivity and conflict are staple effects, along with diminished reasoning ability.

The behavioural anomalies are also part environmental and social. Pseudo-hormones and peer pressure make it a complex issue. Let us get back to as natural a diet as possible and restrict processed foods, and we will see improved behaviour. This can be verified scientifically. A change of diet is an intervention that has long-term benefits in maintaining a healthy population.

However, healthy people break the law, too, so there is a spiritual dimension to the problems we are facing with our children. Women are a powerful part of the solution to the problem. In most instances, children spend more time with their mothers than fathers in the first five years of their lives. This critical phase is the time when most of their neurological development takes place.

GREGORY WILLIAMS

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