Children who are malnourished in their first few years of life are more likely to be aggressive and antisocial throughout childhood and into their late teens, says a University of Southern California study.
The 14-year study tracked more than 1,000 children on Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Researchers assessed the children’s nutrition at age 3.
The researchers found that malnourished children showed 41 percent greater aggression at age 8 than properly nourished children, 10 percent greater aggression and delinquency at age 11, and 51 percent greater violent and antisocial behavior at age 17.
“These are the first findings to show that malnutrition in the early postnatal years is associated with behavior problems through age 17,” study author Jianghong Liu, a postdoctoral fellow with USC’s Social Science Research Institute.
-American Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Malnutrition
This study shows that food affects emotions and behavior. If the body does not receive the proper amount of nutrients (bioelectricity, enzymes) from living/raw uncooked plant food, the mind and emotions begin to go out of balance. It is important to note that these nutrients are not made up by taking vitamin and mineral supplements. As can be seen in the sesame seed Vitamin E study previously mentioned—a person needs God made living/raw nutrients to keep not only the body healthy but also the mind and emotions as well. How many acts of crime, violence and even war can be attributed to toxic bodies (from eating cooked, dead food) which causes toxic mind/emotions which manifests in antisocial behavior, anger and rage?