Obese Girls Prone to Poorer Grades, Study Suggests
Filed Under: Adolescents, Teens | Education | Kids / Misc. | Obesity |
Overweight Kids | Weight / Misc. | Women's Problems / Misc.
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:00 PM
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Researchers analyzed data from nearly 6,000 children in the United Kingdom
and found that girls who were obese at age 11 had lower academic scores at
ages 11, 13 and 16 than those with a normal weight.
The overall average grade in English, math and science was a C, but the
average grade among obese girls was a D. The link between obesity and
school grades was less clear in boys, according to the study, which was
published March 11 in the International Journal of Obesity.
The investigators, from the University of Strathclyde, the University of
Dundee and elsewhere, took into account other possible factors -- such as
mental health, IQ, social and economic status, and the start of the
menstrual cycle. But they found that those factors did not affect the link
between obesity and school performance in girls.
Although the study found an association between weight and school grades
in this group of girls, it did not prove cause-and-effect.
"Further work is needed to understand why obesity is negatively related to
academic attainment. But it is clear that teenagers, parents and
policymakers in education and public health should be aware of the
lifelong educational and economic impact of obesity," principal
investigator John Reilly, a professor of physical activity and public
health science at the University of Strathclyde, said in a university news
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