Talking about dental health with children and parents—about what is healthy and unhealthy for your teeth—can be one way to prevent children from becoming overweight.
A new study reviewed eating behavior, BMI and dental health of 271 pre-school and primary school children. The children’s height, weight, and food intake over one day were compared with the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva—and the link was clear: the children who had higher amounts of bacteria also had significantly higher BMI and worse eating habits. They ate more frequently and consumed more foods rich in sugar.
With good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems another new study confirms in a different sub-study. The effects were achieved regardless of socio-economic background, and regardless of the children’s weight. The research shows that good self-esteem could be linked to the healthier eating habits.
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