The connection between Violence and Poor Nutrition
July 16th 2003
Extract from ABC Perth Drive - Presenter: John McNamara
Good nutrition reduces violence
A study in the United Kingdom has shown that good nutrition reduces violent behaviour in young offenders. The results were so dramatic the study has been extended to several prisons in the UK.
The study, led by physiologist Bernard Gesch from Oxford University, was conducted in a prison in Aylesbury suggested raising the levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in the diet of teenage prisoners reduced anti-social behaviour.
The offenders were between 18 and 21 years of age, and committed 26% fewer disciplinary offences than those who unknowingly took placebo pills.
Dr Gesch says the new study will widen the age group and that he is talking to the Home Office in Britain and groups in the United States about using the results of his research to reduce crime.
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