Navigation Links
Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
Date:8/13/2007

In the first study of how weight may affect school attendance, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University have found that overweight children are at greater risk of school absenteeism than their normal-weight peers. The study of more than a thousand 4th, 5th and 6th graders in the Philadelphia school system also determined that body mass index, or BMI, is as significant a factor in determining absenteeism from school as age, race, socioeconomic status and gender, formerly the four main predictors.

The study found that overweight children were absent on average 20 percent more than their normal-weight peers.

At this young age, children are not necessarily experiencing the health problems that will likely confront them later in life unless serious intervention takes place, said Andrew B. Geier, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. However, they are missing school at a greater rate than their peers, setting themselves up for the negative fallout that accompanies absenteeism. Whats keeping them from school, more than heath issues, is the stigma and the bullying that accompanies being overweight. Future research should explore this additional, very damaging side effect of being overweight.

The study builds on others that show that the medical and psychosocial consequences of being overweight are numerous and still being discovered. The disadvantages that arise from missing school such as increased drug use, increased rates of pregnancy and poor academic performance have been previously documented. Meanwhile, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the United States during the past 25 years.

The four indicators of increased absenteeism among school children have traditionally been race, socioeconomic status, age and gender. Young men from economically disadvantaged, minority populations were considered at greater risk for school absente
'/>"/>

Contact: Jordan Reese
jreese@pobox.upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Newly discovered virus linked to childhood lung disorders and Kawasaki disease
2. Emergence of cancer as major cause of childhood death in developing countries is not being adequately addressed
3. Stem Cells Found In Cerebellum; Possible Cell of Origin for Childhood Brain Tumors
4. UCLA researchers identify key enzyme linked to childhood blindness
5. Survivors of childhood polio do well decades later as they age
6. Large-scale genomics project will hunt genes behind common childhood diseases
7. Mother knows best: Plant knowledge key to childhood health in remote Amazon
8. 20-year study shows significant rise in childhood obesity, especially among girls
9. Childhood obesity among Quebec Cree raises concerns
10. New study challenges critical period in childhood vision development
11. First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014  Since its launch in December 2014, ... to eliminate the pain of trying to remember their usernames ... biometrics fused to their smartphones. To assist people who have ... the company that created 1U and focuses on redefining identity, ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014  The 2014 Holiday Season may be ... Market Intelligence reports that the long anticipated floodgates for ... intensifying demand for smart phones, tablets, and wearable mobile ... of 2.5 billion users with nearly 4.8 billion biometric ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 18, 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, ... differences in genetic ancestry of individuals from across ... arrived more than four hundred years ago, the ... for peoples from different continents. This study illuminates how American ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):1U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 3First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4
... Brown University, with lead partner Women & Infants ... five-year contract to expand its participation in the National ... child health. The National Institute of Child Health ... and Centers at the National Institutes of Health, announced ...
... discovery that counters prevailing thought, a study in mice ... involved in "fat-burning" can actually increase energy expenditure and ... week in the JBC, might lead to ... and other warm-blooded animals need to continually "burn fat" ...
... a keystone species, filling such an important niche in ... Scientists are finding, however, that sea otters can have ... alter the behavior of another top predator: the bald ... can reach heights of 250 feet and function much ...
Cached Biology News:Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital expand national children's study to Bristol County 2Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital expand national children's study to Bristol County 3Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital expand national children's study to Bristol County 4Making metabolism more inefficient can reduce obesity 2Decline in Alaskan sea otters affects bald eagles' diet 2Decline in Alaskan sea otters affects bald eagles' diet 3
(Date:1/22/2015)...   Cypher Genomics, Inc., the leading genome ... SQNM ), the leading molecular diagnostics company, today ... prenatal tests (NIPT). Through this agreement, Sequenom will ... advance analysis of clinically-relevant fetal sub-chromosomal variants detected ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Dec. 24, 2014  United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: ... MDT ) has submitted a pre-market approval application ... the use of Medtronic,s SynchroMed ® II implantable ... use with United Therapeutics, Remodulin ® (treprostinil) Injection ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... GMO corn cases filed across the United States, and ... being consolidated in a Kansas federal court for pretrial proceedings. ... Corn Litigation, MDL No. 2591 in the U.S. District Court ... GMO corn multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been handed over to ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 23, 2014 The report provides ... definition, classification, application and industry overview. This report ... cost structure. Production is separated by regions, technology ... materials, equipment, downstream client survey, marketing channels, industry ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 3Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 4United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 2United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 3United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 4Carey Danis & Lowe Reports on Syngenta GMO Corn Transfer Order 2Worldwide Methyl Mercaptan Market 2015-2020 Forecasts on Development & Trends Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2
... lead sponsorship of the International Genetically Engineered ... by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). ... undergraduate teams representing more than 1,000 students ... America, and the U.S. to design and ...
... preliminary data,from a Phase II/III clinical trial of ... heart failure will be presented next,week at a ... Sessions 2008 in New Orleans., John R. ... Francisco, will present the data from the multicenter, ...
... Nov. 3 Verenium Corporation,(Nasdaq: VRNM ), ... and high-performance specialty enzymes, announced today that it,will ... November 10,2008 after market close. In conjunction with ... with live webcast on Monday, November 10 at ...
Cached Biology Technology: The MathWorks Sponsors iGEM Competition for Synthetic Biology at MIT : MATLAB and SimBiology Help Accelerate Design of Synthetic Biological Systems 2 The MathWorks Sponsors iGEM Competition for Synthetic Biology at MIT : MATLAB and SimBiology Help Accelerate Design of Synthetic Biological Systems 3Top-Line Preliminary Data From Phase II/III Study of Corthera's Relaxin in Acute Heart Failure to be Presented in Satellite Symposium at AHA Scientific Sessions 2008 2Verenium Corporation to Announce Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 2Verenium Corporation to Announce Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 3
... Magnetofection technology, SilenceMag is the most ... rapid and easy to use, SilenceMag ... Specifically designed for siRNA delivery, SilenceMag ... low doses of siRNA.,SilenceMag formulation gives ...
... DW4 liquid handling system from Molecular Devices ... in one instrument. The system handles a ... plate washing96-, 384- and 1536-welland is the ... DW4 has been optimized to dispense from ...
... Radiochemical Purity is >95%NEN Radiolabeled Ligands\n\nReceptor-related ... continual availability of new radiolabeled ligands selected ... offers a wide range of products and ... including over 400 state-of-the-art radioligands. If you ...
... Radiolabeled Ligands\n\nReceptor-related research has long been enabled ... ligands selected to keep pace with new ... products and services for receptor research and ... If you do not find exactly what ...
Biology Products: