Research links obesity, sleep apnea, cognitive ability in children

11/6/2011 | ABC News

A study of more than 350 children ages 6 to 10 published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that strong cognitive abilities could protect against obesity and sleep-disordered breathing, while poorer cognitive functioning increased the risk for adverse health outcomes. Lead author Karen Spruyt recommends that clinicians screen for sleep apnea and cognitive disorders among obese children.

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