Childhood Diet And Exercise Creates Healthier, Less Anxious Adults

How you eat and move as a child impacts you as an adult.

A new study from University of California researchers looked at mice, and found that early-life exercise generally reduced anxious behaviors in adults, and also led to an increase in adult muscle and brain mass. When the mice were fed “Western” style diets high in fat and sugar, they were not only fatter, but also grew into adults that preferred unhealthy foods.

The researchers say that this all suggests getting a jump start on healthy behaviors in the early years of life is extremely important, and interventions may be even more critical in the wake of the pandemic, as many kids got very little exercise during COVID-19 lockdowns. (EurekAlert!