July 16, 2009

New childhood obesity study shows overweight kids suffer anxiety

A troubling University of Missouri study shows that heavier kids begin to show signs of sadness, loneliness and anxiety as young as 6. I knew it was critical to get kids outside and active for their physical health, but this study makes it clear that it's critical for their psychological health as well.

"Using body mass index as a measure, researchers analyzed previously unstudied factors – such as the age of becoming overweight and the length of time children are overweight – and found that heavier kids began to show signs of sadness, loneliness and anxiety as young as 6.

"Furthermore, as these children progressed from kindergarten to Grade 3, their negative feelings grew more pronounced, lead researcher Sara Gable says."

You can read the full article here (The Globe and Mail).

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