. Unfortunately, many adults encourage over eating, particularly if malnutrition was aproblem in their childhood culture, not realizing that too much fat, once protective, now leads to life threatening illness.
The brain continues to mature during early childhood, with myelination occurringin several crucial areas. One is the corpus callosum, which connects the left and right sides of the brain and therefore the right and left sides of the body. Increased myelination speeds up actions and
reactions. The prefrontal cortex enables a balance between action in order to begin another . As impulsiveness and perserveration decrease, children become better able to learn.
Several key areas of the brain - including the amygdala, the hippocampus and the hypothalamus- make up the limbic system, which matures from ages 2-6, aiding emotional expression and control. Children whose early experience was highly stressful and who lacked nurturing caregivers may have impiared limbic systems.
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