Jamie Hall

New Study Linking Childhood Obesity and Learning Issues Gains National Attention

by , 09/10/12
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A new study suggesting obese children are prone to learning difficulties has parents and the media’s attention. The the National Institutes of Health-supported study published in Pediatrics indicates that kids with metabolic syndrome (MetS) had “significantly lower arithmetic, spelling, attention and mental flexibility and a trend for lower over all intelligence.” MetS encompasses a group of risk factors that occur together, most notably central obesity.

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