Does Obesity affect school performance?


Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can have a negative effect on many systems in your body. People who are overweight or obese have a much greater risk of developing serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, bone and joint disease.

Children struggling with overweight issues are more likely to struggle at their academic front as well. Obesity and/or being overweight have been implicated as factors in poor academic performance for elementary and high school-aged students.

Research says:

The researchers from Stanford University found that children showing physical changes due to being obese, such as raised blood pressure, higher levels of bad cholesterol and resistance to the blood sugar controlling hormone, insulin, had poorer scores on thinking tests.

Recent study finds students who became obese early score lower on math tests. This pattern of overweight kids and their performances traced by the researchers took into account extenuating factors that can influence both body size and test scores.

They also found differences in brain structure and volume, with the metabolic syndrome groups showing a smaller hippocampus which is involved in the learning and recall of new information, and other changes.

Physical Performance:

The most obvious area of academic performance affected by obesity is physical education. Obese students are less flexible and they won’t be able to complete assignments that involve running or other prolonged periods of physical exertion that are physically fit students. Laziness and dullness became synonyms of their personality.

Peer pressures of being viable and socially famous are also one of the main reasons for children’s depression and lower level of performances.

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