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Childhood obesity is linked to poor math performance.
A team of researchers from the University of Missouri, USA, has found that children's weight is associated with their performance in mathematics.
More than 6,250 schoolchildren from kindergarten to elementary school were studied, and during this time, families and teachers reported on the children's interpersonal skills and emotional well-being. The children were weighed and measured, and subjected to academic tests.
According to the results obtained, the boys and girls whose obesity persisted from childhood to elementary school performed worse on math exams than children who were never obese.
In the event that obesity appeared later, between the third and fifth grade of primary school, these differences were not found.
In general, boys and girls who were obese from the start felt sadder, lonelier, and more anxious than non-obese children. This could, in part, explain, his worse performance in math.
The data suggest that childhood obesity, especially obesity, which persists throughout primary school, can harm children in both their social and emotional well-being and their academic performance.