This article is from Sep 23, 2021

Did WHO release a list of 7 brain-damaging habits?


7 biggest brain-damaging habits: 1. Missing breakfast, 2. Sleeping late, 3. High sugar consumption, 4. More sleeping specially at morning, 5. Eating meal while watching TV or computer, 6. Wearing cap/scarf or socks while sleeping, 7. Habit of blocking/stopping urine.



Our followers asked us to verify the claim that WHO listed the 7 biggest brain-damaging habits. The habits listed in the claim are the routine for several people today. Hence when we checked for the list, we came to know that the list is being shared in many countries. ICIR website from Nigeria has checked this claim with WHO, Nigeria for which they have got a reply that WHO didn’t list the claim.

1. Skipping breakfast: As per the National Institute of Health (NIH), having breakfast is not related to brain damage. However, skipping breakfast leads to Anorexia, (lack of hunger).

2. Sleeping late: As per Harvard research, “humans need 7 to 9 hours of sleep for proper cognitive functioning. Sleeping more or less than the said hours can lead to memory and thinking problems. Insomnia is associated with depression, heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes”.

3. High sugar consumption: As per the recommendations of WHO, we require 25 grams of sugar per day from our food intake. Researchers say that consuming high sugar paves way for reduced cognitive function and insulin resistance.

4. Sleeping for a longer time, especially in the morning: There is no direct connection between sleeping for a longer time and brain damage. However, sleeping during the daytime might lead to sleeplessness at night which can lead to irregular sleeping patterns.

5. Eating a meal while watching TV or computer: As per the Harvard reports, we should focus on the meal while eating, and should chew the food properly. But it is not related to brain damage. However, we miss our focus on meals while watching TV or any gadgets.

6. Wearing caps/scarves/socks while sleeping: People in most cold countries wear caps and socks while sleeping to keep their body temperature normal. This doesn’t have any relation to brain damage.

7. The habit of controlling urine: This habit might weaken the urinary bladder muscles in the longer run. This in turn leads to urinary tract infections and kidney stone formation.


WHO did not list out the habits that cause brain damage. Though the claimed habits do not lead to brain damage, when continued for a longer time it would cause dangerous effects to our body.

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