Childhood obesity is now considered a national epidemic! Let’s face it, being overweight as a child is difficult enough, as it has an effect on so many areas of a child’s life. But just how does obesity affect children in school? The following facts may very well surprise you:
1) Obese children miss more days of school than their classmates of normal weight. Researchers believe that this is because of excessive bullying targeted against overweight children. Being bullied for weight is definitely not fair, but it happens none-the-less. If your child is being bullied, it is very important for you to speak with their teachers and school authorities about it.
2) Obese children are four times more likely to suffer from depression. This can cause overweight children to shy away from their studies. Depression can lead to social anxiety disorders and also make it harder for students to do homework and study for tests. It is very important to let your child know that there are loved regardless of their weight.
3) Studies show that the unhealthier a child is, the lower of grade point averages and test scores they will have. Research shows that children who did not eat balanced, healthy meals, and get a proper amount of nutrition, were much more likely to have lower grades and test scores. Also children who did not get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals were more likely to have a lower grade point average that their classmates who got proper nutrition.