Dietary habits at various stages of life from pregnancy into adulthood have been connected not only to disruption of energy balance but also to attention, mood, behaviour, and anxiety disorders.
Increased risk of developing numerous conditions including obesity, metabolic disease, mental health issues, and anxiety has been linked to the motherâ€™s diet during pregnancy.
Protein restriction with junk food feeding during pregnancy has shown to increase anxiety levels in children.
Children have less control over their food habits than adults as they are highly influenced by their parents. However, children do have a reputation for knowing what they want to eat and being â€śpickyâ€ť eaters. High levels of anxiety have been shown to increase selective or fussy behaviour. The solution is to ensure a healthy eating environment as early as possible and good eating habits must be instilled by both parents, who act as role models.
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