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  • Poor diet, household chaos may impair young children’s cognitive skills

    Photo of Samantha Iwinski and Kelly Bost

    Analyses of data on hundreds of young children suggested that regular consumption of sugary snacks and other unhealthy food, coupled with chaotic living environments, may impair children’s development of executive function skills. Graduate student Samantha Iwinski and Kelly Bost, a professor of human development and family studies, were co-authors of the study.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Samantha Iwinski, email

    To reach Kelly Bost, call 217-244-6673 or email


    The paper “The impact of household chaos and dietary intake on executive function in young children” is available online or from the News Bureau


    DOI: 10.3390/nu13124442