Follow one healthy diet during childhood seems to improve the self-esteem and psychosocial well-being of the youngest children, according to the results of a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, which has been carried out in eight European countries: Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Estonia, Italy, Sweden and Hungary.
The research wanted to know if there was an association between the Healthy food adherence index (HDAS) and the children's emotional self-esteem and upheavals, and to discover it, the psychosocial wellbeing of 7,675 children between two and nine years of age was analyzed, taking into account aspects such as relationships with parents, problems with classmates, and their self-love
The authors of the study found that children who ate healthily, and had a type of diet that was full of fruits and vegetables and that was also characterized by Limited intake of refined sugars Y fats, presented two years later a better self-esteem and fewer emotional problems than those who did not follow this type of diet, regardless of their body weight and socioeconomic status.
It was observed that children with good self-esteem ate healthier and with less fat
Good self-esteem is associated with better dietary habits
In particular, it was shown that eat fish two or three times a week improved his own appreciation, and was related to less emotional disturbances and conflicts between colleagues. On the other hand, the consumption of Integral products it was associated with the absence of problems among equals. In addition, it was observed that this relationship also occurred in reverse, and that having a better self-esteem makes children eat in a healthier way and with less fat.
The authors warn that poor diet during childhood and low well-being are a risk factor in the abandonment of studies, so they advise parents to lend a special Attention to what your children eat from a young age. This work, however, has been based on questionnaires that parents have answered, so it has not been possible to determine the cause-effect relationship between diet and psychological and emotional well-being in childhood and, in addition, experts have affirmed that more experimental research is needed to corroborate their findings.