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Stupid Science News Story (#4732) – Junk food makes your stupid child stupid

BBC Breakfast – specialists in moaning and scaremongering pre-8am, and plugging new books and albums post-8am (but that’s ok, it’s still ‘public service broadcasting’, right?) – spewed this delicious news story in my face this morning. I was also delighted to hear it was the leading news story on the front page of Daily Mail.

The premise of the story is this – if your child eats junk food from an early age, they’ll be less intelligent later on in life. Following what must be standard “science news article in mainstream media” protocol, neither article links the original paper from which this story originates. I’ll save you the hassle – it’s >here< (doi:10.1136/jech.2010.111955)

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