It’s known that obese children are prone to health hazards such as asthma and diabetes. Now, a new study has found they are more likely to struggle in the classroom as well.
Researchers in the US found that youngsters who were overweight from the ages of three to nine performed worse on a maths test than their slim peers.
The findings, published in the journal Child Development, add to a growing body of research that suggests obesity is linked to poorer academic performance and therefore long-term career prospects.
“Our study suggests that obesity in the early years of school, especially obesity that persists across the elementary grades, can harm children’s social and emotional well-being and academic performance,” lead author Sara Gable, from the University of Missouri, was quoted as saying by ‘Daily Mail’.
The team from the University of Missouri, the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Vermont looked at a nationally representative sample of more than 6,250 children. Continue reading