In a recent Psychology Today issue, we came across this article about ADHD and the difference between kids in France and kids in the USA. ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a national problem with over 9% of all American school aged children being diagnosed. In France, it’s 0.5%. Treatment in the USA has typically been focussed on medicating kids with drugs like Adderall or Ritalin, both of which have been linked to drug addiction and in some cases, depression and suicidal tendencies. While in France, not only is the diagnosis for ADHD more focussed and detailed, but French parents help avoid behavior problems by providing structure to their children. French kids only get 4 meal times, are not allowed to snack whenever they want, and “cry out” their nap times if they can’t sleep. Another important difference? French parents FEED their kids better quality food with less artificial colors and ingredients… two factors that have been linked to hyperactivity.
Read more about ADHD and this study here