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Taiwan Quick Take: Study shows diet important


Schoolchildren who do not eat enough fruit and vegetables are five times more likely to become underachievers than those who have a balanced diet, according to recent research findings. After tracing the lives and school records of 2,495 children aged between six and 12 across Taiwan, an Academia Sinica research team found that those who ate nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables, meat and milk products tended to do well at school, while those who ate too much high-fat, high-sugar junk food were more likely to perform poorly, as were those who did not eat breakfast regularly. Pan Wen-han (潘文涵), a research fellow at the Academia Sinica's biomedicine institute, said children whose nutritional intake was low and who eat too much chocolate and junk food were 4.9 times more likely to perform poorly in IQ tests, study motivation, personal hygiene and off-campus activities. His study was based on home interviews and teacher records of the performance of nearly 2,500 schoolchildren.

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