Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

Does dieting make you miserable? Sarah, Darci and Clara investigate…

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Earlier this month we reported on Year 9’s exploration of science topics of their own choice for their Bronze CREST awards and promised more details about the projects the girls had chosen. Sarah, Darci and Clara decided to research the science behind the feeling we describe as “happy”.

“We mainly focused on the neurotransmitter seratonin and how it affects your brain and lifts your mood,” they said. “We discovered that the foods you are encouraged to cut out when dieting are the ones that increase seratonin levels. If we had unlimited time and resources we would like to find out if there is a clear link between people who are happy and the food they eat.”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.



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