Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MU researcher links childhood obesity, math skills - Columbia Missourian

 An MU researcher reports she has found a link between childhood obesity and poor math skills.
Sara Gable is an associate professor in the university's Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Her research followed more than 6,250 children from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Gable found that both boys and girls considered obese in kindergarten performed worse on math tests starting in first grade. Fewer gaps were seen in children who became obese when they were older.
She concluded the poor math performance was connected in part to feelings of sadness, loneliness and other shortcoming in social skills.

MU researcher links childhood obesity, math skills - Columbia Missourian

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