2008 - Research

Overweight is Associated with Decreased Cognitive Functioning Among School-age Children and Adolescents

This study examines the associations between academic performance, cognitive functioning, and increased BMI in a nationally representative sample of children.

  • Results show increased body weight to be independently associated with decreased visuospatial organization and general mental ability among children.

Li,Yanfeng, Dai, Qi, Jackson, James C. and Zhang, Jian. “Overweight is Associated With Decreased Cognitive Functioning Among School-age Children and Adolescents.” Obesity. 16.8 (2008): 1809–1815.

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