How is exposure to famine related to risk for schizophrenia?

Consumption of a balanced diet during childhood aids the development of a healthy brain. This may act as a preventative factor for the development of schizophrenia in adulthood. In contrast, poor diet in childhood may increase the risk of developing the disorder.

What is the evidence on famine?

Moderate quality evidence suggests a small increased risk of schizophrenia in adulthood after exposure to famine in utero and/or childhood. This result was observed in regional China only as no reviews were found that assessed other regions.

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