Poor bone health in kids
Packaged chips, hot dogs and French fries - most kids won’t say no to these ultra-processed junk foods. But eating such junk foods can increase risk of obesity, as well as affect their bone development, warn experts. A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel has also linked consumption of ultra-processed foods to reduced bone quality, particularly in younger children in their developing years. The researchers studied the effect of ultra-processed foods on lab rodents whose skeletons were in the post-embryonic stages of growth. The animals that were fed ultra-processed foods suffered from growth retardation and reduced bone strength. They also found high levels of cartilage buildup in the rodents' growth plates, the engine of bone growth. Having food joints near schools or home can influence the eating habits in children and increase their chances of becoming obese, suggested a 2019 study published in the journal, ‘Obesity.’ Below are a few other things that can impact your child’s bone development.