Student Well-Being

Don’t Blame Obesity for Poor Academic Performance, Study Suggests

By Bryan Toporek — July 13, 2012 1 min read

Is there a causal relationship between a child’s weight and their academic performance? It doesn’t appear so, according to early findings from research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The study, published online Thursday, attempted to dig further into the relationship between a child’s fat mass (separate from the standard body mass index measurement) and his or her academic performance.

Previous studies have found a potential link between childhood obesity and academic performance. One such study, published in the June issue of the journal

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.