With school season back, parents will once again be confronted with a lot of questions. One concern that continuously comes up, year in, year out, is how to get kids to eat healthily while in school.

A study published in 2013 by researchers from St John’s University in New York showed that a healthy and balanced diet improves brain capacity, maximises cognitive capabilities and improves academic performance in school-age children. It also revealed that consuming too much junk food decreases academic performance by limiting the amount of information absorbed by the brain.

“Parents should guide their children to proper and healthy eating habits at a very early age,” says Dr Sameh Abdulmagid, paediatrics specialist at Bareen International Hospital. “Children’s formative years are crucial to starting good food habits.”

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