Home > Diet and nutrition > News 23 December 2014 Fast food may lead to lower school results Eating fast food may lead to lower student test scores in math, science and reading, a recent study of U.S. school children said. 0 Kids eating a big pizza. ~ Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting A survey showed that fast-food consumption by 8,544 fifth-graders forecast lower academic achievement in eighth grade, according to the study published in Clinical Paediatrics.Read: Fast food not main cause of kids' obesity"These results provide initial evidence that fast-food consumption is associated with deleterious academic outcomes among children," the study by Ohio State University and University of Texas researchers said.Fast food eaters behindIn terms of growth in achievement, the researchers found that eighth-graders who ate fast food daily were behind those who ate no fast food by four points in reading. They were behind by three points in math and four points in science.The results may be caused by lower levels of nutrients in fast foods, especially iron. The high level of fat and sugar often found in fast-food meals also can affect attention and reaction times, the report said.Link remained intact despite exerciseThe link between fast-food eating and academic performance remained intact even when such variables as physical activity, television watching and socioeconomic status were included, it said.The study was based on data from a 2004 food consumption questionnaire in which 11,740 fifth-graders were asked how often they ate at fast-food restaurants.10 percent eat fast food dailyMore than two-thirds said they had eaten in a fast-food restaurant in the previous week. Just over half said they had eaten in a fast-food restaurant one to three times, and 10 percent ate in one daily.The study cautioned that although fast-food availability has not changed dramatically since 2004, many fast-food restaurants have since removed Trans fats from their menus. Partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of the fats, have been shown to raise "bad" cholesterol levels.Read: Junk food, fast food are part of youth sports routine It also said reporting error was possible and the study could be affected by other unmeasured factors.Read More: What you're really eating when you order fried chicken Fast food advertising targets African American kids Home-cooked meals beat fast foodImage: Kids with big pizza from Shutterstock. More in Diet and nutrition Mediterranean diet may help prevent macular degeneration More: Diet and nutritionNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Childhood PTSD may leave lasting imprint on brain Lifestyle Rudeness in workplace costs companies dearly Mental health New tool to predict survival odds after brain injury Mental health Surfing through selfies linked to low self-esteem Lifestyle SEE: 8 places to go hiking in South Africa this summer Medical SEE: 10 medical discoveries that changed the world From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.