The impact of junk foods on the adolescent brain
Amy C Reichelt, Michelle M Rank
BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2017
Adolescence is a significant period of physical, social, and emotional development, and is characterized by prominent neurobiological changes in the brain. The maturational processes that occur in brain regions responsible for cognitive control and reward seeking may underpin excessive consumption of palatable high fat and high sugar "junk" foods during adolescence. Recent studies have highlighted the negative impact of these foods on brain function, resulting in cognitive impairments and altered reward processing. The increased neuroplasticity during adolescence may render the brain vulnerable to the negative effects of these foods on cognition and behavior. In this review, we describe the ..View full abstract
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ACR receives funding from an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE140101071).