Bad Mother, Bad Food, Bad Kids

A couple of days ago, in the paper, was an article on some research conducted that pretty much shows that if you eat ‘junk food’ whilst you’re pregnant, you increase your risk of having children with behavioural problems.

(You can read an article here)

I rolled my eyes. A lot.

This research is not new to me. I’ve heard this same thing – or similar – over the last twenty years or so; what with my profession, study, etc. I know this shit cos it’s shit I’m interested in knowing.

The research itself is pretty damned good, the way the study was conducted, although I’d

6 Replies to “Bad Mother, Bad Food, Bad Kids”

  1. Standard Friday night fare round here is either baked beans or “number sketti” on toast, or scrambled eggs on same. I will not apologise for actually feeding my kids when I REALLY want to just send them to bed because they’re ratty and horrible after a full-on week!
    *holds toastie high*

  2. I would like to learn more about food effects on kids. I have 1 (12) with depression and 1 (10) with ADHD. Plus two others lucky enough to have bypassed the gene that caused these issues. I hate the fact that the two with the issues need to take medication, it just feels wrong telling your kids to swallow tablets everyday. If i can change something in their diets that may assist to help them with the hyperactivity and/or mood ups and downs I will. But Im just not sure where to start. I already limit the sugars and bad fats and try not to buy food with preservatives, but so many foods have them. There is just so much information out there and so much contradicts the other. So how do I know what is right ?? Can you give me a push in the right direction, or anyone for that matter? Please??

    1. Hi Kristy,

      Fed Up With Food Additives by Sue Dengate is a great place to start. I’ve got two girls on the Autism Spectrum and we watch the preservatives and food colouring they eat. I don’t follow any strict diets, we gave the gluten/casein free diet a try under guidance of a dietician but it made no difference.

      Many kids on the autism spectrum are prone to gut issues, this from research discussed at the recent Olga Tennision Autism Research Centre Forum at LaTrobe Uni. So it may be that your kids have preexisting sensitivities they don’t have the verbal skills to tell you about.

      I found working with a dietician was brilliant as she made sure my kids were still getting all the important food for their growing bodies.

      Cheers
      Marita

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