Report: Poor Nutrition May Lead to Bullying

By Free Radical

A new study suggests that children who suffer food insecurity are more likely to become bullies.

A new study suggests that children who suffer food insecurity are more likely to become bullies.

A new report by Saint Louis University researchers makes a link between bullying and poor nutrition.

The study analyzed data from a World Health Organization survey which included 150,000 children in 40 countries in Europe and North America.

Michael Vaughn, a professor of social work and co-author of the study, expressed “We know that the human brain consumes about one-fifth of all the body’s calories.” He continued, “It could be that inadequate or irregular nutrition may diminish the ability of the human brain to maintain impulse control, resulting in increased probability of aggression and bullying.”

A wide range of poor eating habits were linked to bullying including meal deprivation such as skipping breakfast and going to sleep hungry. The study also listed unhealthy diets rich in junk food and low in nutritious fruits and vegetables.

The report’s authors however recognize the limitations of their diet thesis. They also point to a range of habits such as parent-child relationships and neighborhood security as factors leading to bullying.

 

Yet their inclusion of food insecurity echoes a list of progressive theorists who argue for holistic solutions to social problems and the multiple dangers of poverty. They often contend that a society containing so many individuals in a state of want and deprivation is abnormal and inevitably causes negative behavioral responses.

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