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High-Sugar Diets Can Harm Kids' Physical and Mental Health, Study Finds

June 18, 2021

A new study led by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology explored how kids’ sugar intake can take a toll on their physical and mental health. Based on results from a trial conducted on mice, long-term consumption of high-sugar diets can increase the risk of obesity and place a heavier burden on the nervous system. This can ultimately impact attention span, hyperactivity, and decision-making.  “Our study found long-term sugar consumption (a 12-week period with the mice which started the trial at five weeks of age) at a level that significantly boosts weight gain, elicits an abnormal and excessive stimulation of the nervous system in response to novelty,” said researcher Selena Bartlett. “It also alters both episodic and spatial memory. These results are like those reported in attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders.” Read More