Daily Candy in Childhood Linked to Violence in Adulthood
October 24, 2009
Children who eat sweets and chocolate every day are more likely to be violent as adults.
A study involving 17,500 people is the first to look into effects of childhood diet on adult violence. It found people who ate sweets daily at the age of 10 were significantly more likely to have been convicted of a violent crime by the age of 34.
Some researchers suggested they had not learned to delay gratification, but other experts said already "difficult" children might be given more sweets. It is also possible that the sweets lead to addiction to certain additives, and that these may contribute towards adult aggression.