Too much fatty food could set children up for mental problems
by KTaggart on December 15, 2016 - 8:25pm
My article focuses on the impacts of a high-fat diet on children and adolescents and how that can affect the brain in the long run. Based on a study published by Molecular Psychiatry, it is suggested that children with a diet consisting of too much fats, will not only run the risk of becoming obese but could develop cognitive and psychiatric problems in older age. The study, performed in mice, show that as early as four weeks after the mice were fed fat foods they started showing signs of cognitive defect. As observed in mice it has been seen that a protein known as reelin, whose primary function is the regulation of the prefrontal cortex, which is very vital for the personality expression, memory, and decision-making skills, is practically stunted due to the high fat. During the study, it was noted that the resilience of the prefrontal cortex was disrupted during the adolescent years (while on the high-fat diet) and surprising sprung back to normal when put back on a more balanced diet. While it is still unknown the full extent of a strict high-fat diet in human adolescents, there is a strong correlation between the brain functions of mice and that of humans. The brain remains of the greatest mysteries of the, not only human body but of all animals. How it functions, what fuels it, and how it runs are still unknown, but with each and every study, new properties are found. Reelin is quickly becoming to be known as one of the more important key players in the development and regulation of normal brain functions.
One of the biggest unknowns still, is why the unhealthy fats, in particular, have such a negative effect on developing brain and their functions. Since it can impair the area of the brain that seems to either degrade during the later stages of life and brings on the Alzheimer's disease, or can even bring on Schizophrenia during any stage in life. With not only the mental issues that it can cause, it also has adverse effects on the person's overall well-being in regards to obesity and other health effects. On the other hand, there is a diet based on an ingestion of fat foods that actually bring benefits for people with diabetes and even seizure disorder. On a ketogenic low carbohydrates/high fat, the daily food intake is basically made up by proteins and healthy fat (fat from animals, nuts, vegetables and fruits).
While there still more research that needs to be conducted on what the optimal diet ought to be for all individuals, it seems to be very reliant on the personals overall needs, such as if they have preexisting conditions or if they come from a healthy background or even age, people should be wary of what types of food they consume and how much. Is it worth the risk of deteriorating your mental health status as you grow older for a quick and tasty order from McDonald’s? Is it worth the risk of developing diabetes for the pleasure of eating the sweet, sugary taste of ice cream? The article caught my attention because it reinforces the need for a well-balanced diet for the health of body and mind. In today’s society is very easy and convenient to eat processed, fast foods, nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a healthy food with natural ingredients. The problem is sooner or later the effects of those unhealthy choices are going to develop in the body. Eating healthy is not a guarantee of a 100% healthy life but it is, for sure, a start.