Home Health Parents News Now Study: Obesity May Affect School Performance Study: Obesity May Affect School Performance By Holly Lebowitz Rossi June 27, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Study: Obesity May Affect School Performance 29725 [The study] followed 6,250 children from kindergarten through fifth grade and found that those who were obese throughout that period scored lower on math tests than non-obese children. What's more, this pattern held even after the researchers took into account extenuating factors that can influence both body size and test scores, such as family income, race, the mother's education level and job status, and both parents' expectations for the child's performance in school. "In boys and girls alike who entered kindergarten with weight problems, we saw these differences in math performances emerge at first grade, and the poor performance persisted through fifth grade," says lead researcher Sara Gable, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Image: Heavyset boy in school, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Study: Obesity May Affect School Performance Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.