What’s a Kid’s Ability to Think? Study Finds Weight and Activity Level Matter

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weightandactivity[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Weight and physical activity levels are both factors in a child’s ability to acquire and use knowledge, a new study finds.

“The question this paper asks that has not been asked before is whether it is just fitness that influences children’s cognition,” said Dr. Catherine Davis, clinical health psychologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. “What we found is weight and physical activity both matter.”

Children who were lean and active scored better on cognitive tests than either their lean, inactive peers or overweight, inactive children, according to the study in the journal Pediatric Exercise Science. The study provides some of the first evidence that weight, independent of physical activity, is a factor.

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