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Study: Junk Food During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Mental Disorders in Children

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

During pregnancy the unborn child is affected by everything his or her mother consumes, including every Twinkie and Twix bar. A group of researchers from Australia and Norway have released a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry regarding the impact of maternal junk food consumption and mental disorders in children.

The study found that pregnant mothers who consumed unhealthy “junk foods” such as sugary drinks, refined cereals, and salty foods were more likely to have children with mental disorders and behavioral problems. Additionally, children whose diets included these foods in their early years were more apt to suffer from mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, aggression and behavior problems.

SSA on Childhood Mental Disorders

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines childhood mental disorders on the listing of impairments in a variety of categories, each with a detailed list of how severe and marked the impairment must be to be considered as a disabling condition. A child who meets the requirements may qualify for benefits.

After meeting the requirements for disability as set forth by the SSA, a child may collect SSI benefits if their income and resources and those of other household members are below the allowed limits. Additionally, a disabled child may continue to collect benefits upon turning 18 if he or she meets the SSA requirements for adult disability and qualifies for SSI – at this point, income and resources of household members are not considered when evaluating eligibility.

Further, a disabled adult may collect Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSDI) if he or she was disabled prior to age 22 and one of his or her parents are currently receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or if the parents are deceased and earned enough work credits to qualify for SSDI. 

Applying for benefits for a child can be a daunting task when you are concerned about your child’s health and well being. Let Disability Help Group take care of the paperwork and court hearings while you attend to your child’s needs. Contact us today to learn about the government help you can receive to help your disabled child live a healthy life – 1-(800)-800-3332.