Obesity can harm academics as well as health

07/30/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Students who are overweight may suffer academic consequences, according to a study of 566 Philadelphia-area middle-school students published in the journal Obesity. Overweight children included in the study scored worse on standardized reading comprehension tests, had GPAs a half-point lower than their classmates, missed school more often, and were five times more likely to have behavioral issues.

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