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Obesity affects how girls do in school: Study 0

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Obesity affects how girls do in school (Fotolia)

Obesity affects how girls do in school (Fotolia)

 

Overweight girls don't perform as well in school when they become teens when compared to their healthier counterparts, a new British study has found.

Girls who were obese at 11 had lower academic achievement in English, math and science at ages 11, 13 and 16 when compared to those of healthy weight, the researchers found.

The study looked at data from almost 6,000 students. The data showed 71.4% of students were healthy weight, 13.3% were overweight and 15.3% were obese.

"Further work is needed to understand why obesity is negatively related to academic attainment, but it is clear that teenagers, parents, and policymakers in education and public health should be aware of the lifelong educational and economic impact of obesity," researcher John Reilly said.

The study appears in the International Journal of Obesity.

 

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