Revisited: Problem Children? Problem Parents? Social Problems?

Yesterday I posted on the subject of Problem Children? Problem Parents? Social Problems? about parents at a crossroads regarding their children’s extremely anti-social behavior.

In addition to the potential legal remedies and social support services touched upon in yesterday’s post, the following timely physician-authored article, The Effects of Soda and Low-nutrient Foods on Children’s Behavior, highlights another, often overlooked, option for parents (and social services support providers) to explore before passing the point of no return.

Citing six separate medical journal articles, Joel Fuhrman, MD reports that:

A study on soda consumption found an increase in behavior and attention problems in five-year-old children … with increasing daily consumption of soda. … The authors … found a significant association between soda consumption and aggression, withdrawn behavior and poor attention. … Blood glucose levels do affect the workings of the brain, and habitual high sugar intake has been shown to impair cognitive function. … Several previous studies on high school students have also associated soda consumption with aggressive behavior, as well as depression and self-harm…”

Arguably, over-consumption of sugar, epitomized by drinking too much soda, mimics mental illness. Ingesting too much sugar may cause some of the same symptoms as some mental illnesses.

These studies seem to suggest that dietary interventions on behalf of symptomatic children, specifically, implementing restrictions on their sugar consumption, could well alleviate anti-social behavior by problem children!

With no side effects or down sides, this simple and cost-effective strategy is surely well worth exploring and testing. There is nothing to lose. And there is the potential for the children, their parents and the community as a whole to gain and save quite a lot.