Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What are harmful foods that can negatively affect a child’s learning?

Dr. Allen discusses food that can negatively affect a child’s learning. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Too much junk food – especially fast food – can have a negative effect on a child’s ability to learn.

According to a study printed in journal Clinical PediatricsOff Site Icon, kids who ate fast food at least four times a week had lower test scores in reading, math and science than kids who had had no fast food.

Diets high in fats and sugars and low in nutrients have been shown to hurt immediate memory, learning processes and cognitive development, according to the study.

To learn more about how unhealthy food can affect learning, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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