A study conducted in America has revealed that children who are overweight or obese could be doing less well in exams as a direct result of their weight.
The author of the study, Sara Gable said “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.”
Anxiety And Sadness Could Be A Factor
The performance in maths exams of girls and boys could be due to the fact that these children feel anxious about their weight and sadder and lonelier too. These negative emotions can have a profound short term effect but this can also last into adult life as well.
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Obesity is an issue that is literally a growing problem throughout the western world. In most industrialised western countries around 30% of children are either overweight or obese. The problems of obesity are affecting individuals but are also being passed on to the next generation. The NHS is struggling to keep up with this change in weight and the implications involved.
The NHS spends £4.2billion every year treating patients for obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes – as well as on costly weight-loss surgery.
This is unsustainable and there need to be drastic changes in the approaches used to help prevent people getting to obese weights and better assistance for those already there.