EATING junk food while pregnant has been linked to serious behavioural problems in children, according to a groundbreaking Geelong study.

The Deakin University study, which was undertaken at the IMPACT strategic research centre at Barwon Health, is the first of its kind that shows a clear link between diet in pregnancy, early childhood and mental health. The study reveals pregnant women and children should avoid chips, cakes, refined cereals, sweets, soft drinks, takeaway foods and processed snacks. Lead author and Deakin University researcher Felice Jacka yesterday said it was not known exactly how much junk food had to be consumed to have a detrimental effect on children’s mental health.

via Junk food fuels fears | Geelong, VIC, Australia.