Kids Who Eat Fish Have Higher IQ, Sleep Better

by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP on Mar 15, 2018

Food for Thought

A Scientific Reports study of Chinese school­children found that those who said they ate fish at least twice a week when aged 9–11 slept better and longer and had IQs nearly 5 points higher when they were 12 than children who ate no fish. The authors suggested the higher IQs could be mediated through better-quality sleep. This study adds to a body of science demonstrating strong relationships between fish intake, health and quality of life for kids and adults alike.

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Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP IDEA Author/Presenter

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD is a board-certified pediatrician, registered dietitian, and ACE Health Coach. She is committed to providing evidence-based nutrition and fitness information to health professionals and consumers alike in a way that is logical, practical and directly applicable to readers’ lives. She has authored over 100 publications and book chapters, all which are based on the latest scientific evidence and presented in a manner that is easy-to-understand and apply. She is Director of Healthcare Solutions for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) having written the nutrition chapters for each of ACE’s textbooks, the ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual and Specialty Certification, and recorded several Webinars and online courses. Furthermore, as a spokesperson for ACE, the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs broadcast and print media outlets throughout the U.S. on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. She is author '"Eat Your Vegetables!" and other mistakes parents make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters'. She presented a similar topic at IDEA World 2009; the video is available for purchase through IDEA. Certifications: ACE, ACSM and NSCA