SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. — According to new research conducted overseas, what food places you have around your neighborhood could have an affect on your child’s bone density.
According to Medical News Today, this is the first study of its kind to investigate the link between fast food and bone mass in the first six years of a child’s life.
In order to test the theory, the study compared the bone mineral density and bone mineral content of more than 1,107 children first at birth, and then again when the child reached 4 or 6 years of age.
They then looked at the number of fast food restaurants, healthy food stores and supermarkets in that child’s neighborhood.
The study surprisingly showed the higher the number of fast food outlets, the lower the bone density of the child at birth.
However, the link was not found to be significant at age 4 and 6.
In contrast, the more healthy options a child has available to them, the higher their bone mineral density at age 4 and 6.
“These findings suggest that the exposure of mothers and children to more healthy food environments might optimize childhood bone development through its influence on the quality of the maternal diet and dietary choices during childhood,” said Co-author Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology and director of the Medical Research Life course Epidemiology Unit.
The findings appeared in the journal Osteoporosis International.