Naan bread, a favorite of kids, is a great recipe for adults but is it for kids?
The answer, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, is yes.
“Our study shows that there is an overlap between how children and adolescents respond to a typical naan bread cookie and the types of behaviors that may be associated with poor behavioral outcomes,” study researcher Lauren E. Hynes of the University of Georgia said in a press release.
The study was done on 2,800 children and teens between the ages of 6 and 17.
“The findings suggest that we can learn from children and their eating behaviors to improve the health of our children,” Dr. Himes said.
The researchers also found that children and youth who were more likely to be overweight or obese were more prone to poor behavioral and mental health outcomes, as well as poor eating behaviors.
For example, more than 70 percent of those with a BMI of 25 or higher were more than twice as likely to report poor eating behavior compared to children and teenagers who were under 25, according the researchers.
“While these findings have important implications for how to help children and young adults in the United States and around the world, we must also consider how to prevent obesity, diabetes, and metabolic disorders that lead to increased morbidity and mortality,” Dr Hynes said.