Dietary behaviours and academic achievement

Dietary behaviours could be associated with higher academic achievement according to new research.

Researchers examined associations between dietary behaviours and children’s academic achievement. Australian children aged 8 to 15 years provided information on their diet–fruit intake, vegetable intake, takeaway consumption, sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption and breakfast consumption. This was compared to the results of academic tests routinely undertaken in Australian schools. A higher score from the tests represents a higher level of academic achievement.

Children’s vegetable intake and SSB consumption were associated with academic achievement. Children with a higher SSB consumption (4-6 glasses per day) had lower academic scores compared to children with lower SSB consumption (less than 1 glass per day). Vegetable intake at the evening meal was significantly associated with test scores. Children who consumed vegetables with their evening meal 7 nights per week had higher test scores in spelling and writing in comparison to children who did not consume vegetables with their evening meal. The effects of the diet on academic achievement remained after controlling for socioeconomic status.

Future research is needed to explore this relationship further. To learn more read our sugary drinks and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake infographics.

Posted: 15/05/2017 10:08:44 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Behaviour, Children, Fruit, School, Test, Vegetables


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