Is It True That Obese Children are Weak in Math?

Researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in Missouri, United States, tracing the 6,300 students from kindergarten to graduate of primary education.
For both boys and girls who were persistently obese, feeling sadder, lonelier, and more anxious explained some of their poorer math performance, according to a new study of more than 6,000 children. (Picture from:
From time to time, parents were asked to fill out questionnaires about the sampled child development, following the results of academic tests.

What are the findings of this study? Apparently, children who are obese since kindergarten weak in Maths. Boys who are overweight as a new grade three or four shows a chronic weakness of math.

In addition, the obesity that occurs later in girls causes weakness in mathematics. "These findings demonstrate the complex relationship between weight and intelligence of children," said researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Sara Gable. She presented her research results in the journal Child Development, published on June 13, 2012.

Further testing proved the ability of children to bridge the interpersonal relationship of weight and intelligence of this child. Relation to the emergence of anxiety to feeling alienated, which causes deterioration of the child social skills. In the end, according to Gable, the children are hard to develop math skills.

Indeed, children in America grow increasingly heavy in recent decades. In a study described children with high body mass index, meaning the obese-negative effect on academic achievement. But other studies say, no effect of overweight on children's intelligence.

Well, a recent study by researchers in Missouri showing the alleged negative effects of obesity on cognitive abilities closer to reality was. *** [MEDICAL DAILY | ANTON WILLIAM | KORAN TEMPO 3914]
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