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Question

What is the relationship between seafood consumption during childhood and adolescence (up to 18 years of age) and neurocognitive development?

Approach to Answering the Question
NESR Systematic Review

Subcommittee
Dietary Fats and Seafood Subcommittee

Systematic Review Protocol
Developed for each scientific question being examined, the protocol describes the plan for how the systematic review was conducted. The protocol provides the: 

  • Analytic framework, 
  • Literature search and screening plan, and 
  • Literature search and screening results. 

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Draft Conclusion Statement

The draft conclusion statements listed below describe the state of the science related to the specific question examined. Draft conclusions are not considered final until they have been deliberated with and decided upon by the full Committee and published in the Committee’s final advisory report. Individual conclusion statements should not be interpreted as dietary guidance or the Committee’s overarching advice to the Departments. 

Developmental domains 

Cognitive development: Insufficient evidence is available to determine whether seafood intake during childhood and adolescence is favorably associated with measures of cognitive development in children and adolescents; however, no unfavorable associations with measures of cognitive development were found. Grade: Grade Not Assignable

Language and communication development: Insufficient evidence is available to determine whether seafood intake during childhood and adolescence is favorably associated with measures of language and communication development in children and adolescents; however, no unfavorable associations with measures of language and communication development were found. Grade: Grade Not Assignable 

Movement and physical development: Insufficient evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood intake during childhood and movement/physical development in children. Grade: Grade Not Assignable 

Social-emotional and behavioral development: Insufficient evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood intake during childhood and adolescence and social-emotional and behavioral development in children and adolescents. Grade: Grade Not Assignable 

Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Insufficient evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood consumption during childhood and adolescence and attention deficit disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-like traits or behaviors. Grade: Grade Not Assignable 

Autism spectrum disorder

No evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood intake during childhood and adolescence and autism spectrum disorder-like traits or behaviors or autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Grade: Grade Not Assignable
 
Academic performance

Insufficient evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood intake during adolescence and academic performance in adolescents. Grade: Grade Not Assignable 

Anxiety and Depression

Insufficient evidence is available to determine the relationship between seafood consumption during childhood and adolescence and anxiety and depression. Grade: Grade Not Assignable