Obesity and Student Performance at School

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  • Howard Taras,

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      Howard Taras, MD, Professor; htaras@ucsd.edu, Division of Commu-nity Pediatrics, University of California, Sun Diego. Gilman Drive #0927, La Jolla, CA 92093-0927; and William Potts-Datema, MS, Director; wpottsda@hsph.harvard.edu, Partnerships for Children's Health, Har-vard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave. 7th Flooc Boston, MA 021 15.

  • William Potts-Datema

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      Howard Taras, MD, Professor; htaras@ucsd.edu, Division of Commu-nity Pediatrics, University of California, Sun Diego. Gilman Drive #0927, La Jolla, CA 92093-0927; and William Potts-Datema, MS, Director; wpottsda@hsph.harvard.edu, Partnerships for Children's Health, Har-vard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave. 7th Flooc Boston, MA 021 15.


Abstract

ABSTRACT: To review the state of research on the association between obesity among school-aged children and academic outcomes, the authors reviewed published studies investigating obesity, school performance, and rates of student absenteeism. A table with brief descriptions of each study's research methodology and outcomes is included. Research demonstrates that overweight and obesity are associated with poorer levels of academic achievement. Data on the association of child overweight or obesity with levels of attendance are too sparse to draw conclusions.

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