A new study showed that obese children experience additional learning difficulties and worse cope with stress. The survey was attended by almost 23,000 parents of children aged 10 to 17 years. The researchers found that children who are obese are less likely to exhibit some indicators of «prosperity», compared to their peers with normal weight. This means less involvement in school work and study, as well as a reduced ability to cope with difficult situations.
Parents had to answer the following questions:
- «Shows whether the child’s interest and curiosity to learn new things?»
- «Finishes whether the child started the task?»
- «Does the calm and control when faced with a problem?»
- «Trying to do good in school?»
- «Does all your homework?»
Overall, about 28% of children with obesity showed all five markers of prosperity, compared with 39% of children with normal weight and 37% of overweight children.
«There is a clear negative relationship between obesity and markers of prosperity,» concluded the study authors.