What appeals to you more…an apple or a bag of crisps? Well, a new research has found that the kids’ brain responses to foods depend on their body composition. Researchers at Penn State University elaborated that both lean body mass and body fat contribute to kids’ responses to high and low calorie food.
The study was conducted on 38 children 7 to 10 years of age and involved fMRI scans of the brain. It was found that the brain activity and stimulation differed between different weight groups and that children with higher body fat demonstrated reduced brain response once exposed to healthier, low calorie foods like fruits. This can help us understand why staying healthy starts from a young age and becomes a useful practice later on in life. Keep your child active and healthy!