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:8/29/2014)... has been known about what genetic changes transform wild ... one of whom is a University of Montana assistant ... controlling the development of the brain and the nervous ... was published Aug. 28 in Science and ... at http://www.sciencemag.org/ ., The domestication of animals and ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... researchers explored the type and number of connections in ... plays on robustness in a study published in ... found that the assortativity signature contributes to a network,s ... that varying the out-out assortativity of TFN models has ... the other three types of assortativity," said Dov A. ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi , can ... The finding contradicts the common view that E. ... scarce supplies of thiamine in the ocean to survive. ... the ocean," says CIFAR Senior Fellow Alexandra Worden ... with CIFAR fellows John Archibald (Dalhousie University), ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 2New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 3Assortativity signatures of transcription factor networks contribute to robustness 2Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins 2Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins 3
... Smart Search & Match,the leading provider of high-performance ... has joined the company as Product Marketing Manager. ... 15 years of product and marketing management,experience to ... many high-tech products and solutions worldwide. He has ...
... 2008 An international research team led by Tim ... the director of the School of Medicine,s Center for ... alternative splicing, the process by which single genes produce ... that curing the more than half of genetic diseases ...
... what they think may be a basic recipe for ... stem cells from essentially any mammal, including cows, pigs ... December 26th issue of the journal Cell , ... demonstrated to work in mice earlier this year, which ...
Cached Biology News:Case Western Reserve finds mechanism underlying alt. splicing of premessenger RNA into messenger RNA 2Case Western Reserve finds mechanism underlying alt. splicing of premessenger RNA into messenger RNA 3Recipe for capturing authentic embryonic stem cells may apply to any mammal, study suggests 2Recipe for capturing authentic embryonic stem cells may apply to any mammal, study suggests 3
(Date:8/28/2014)... “This kit has an improved extraction efficiency and provides users ... said Mark Tess, PhD, Mycotoxin Product Manager for Charm Sciences. ... USDA-GIPSA inspection agencies that have a need to detect aflatoxin ... a matter of minutes with nothing but our equipment and ... grain before accepting it, but they no longer have to ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which ... electrons but also on their spin and the ... electric into magnetic signals and vice versa. Recently, ... the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University ... Prague, and Japan, has for the first time ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... August 28, 2014 The ability for ... culture that will allow individuals to perform at the ... important for employers looking to compete in this post–recession ... embracing this trend, as the sector increasingly focuses on ... company, which will have real results on the organization's ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 2014   SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) ... to its equity research team in biotechnology and ... in equity research demonstrates our commitment to providing ... enhance their investment decision making," said Biff ... continue to make significant investments in differentiated content ...
Breaking Biology Technology:A new, tunable device for spintronics 2A new, tunable device for spintronics 3Klein Hersh International Leads Philadelphia Area Life Science Industry in Company Culture 2Klein Hersh International Leads Philadelphia Area Life Science Industry in Company Culture 3SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Expands Equity Research in Healthcare and Energy 2SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Expands Equity Research in Healthcare and Energy 3
... 15, 2011 This evening, Novo Nordisk awarded sponsorships ... support programs that educate people living with type 2 ... reduce the risk of long-term diabetes related complications. The ... program – a new initiative that aims to promote ...
... 15, 2011 Roka Bioscience announced today that the ... certification of the Listeria Detection Assay. This evaluation is ... (AOAC-RI) certification of methods used in the food safety ... laboratory and monitored by AOAC. The internal portion of ...
... /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ShangPharma Corporation (NYSE: SHP ... pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development outsourcing company, ... leading Chinese pharmaceutical company, today announced that Shanghai ... and Hengrui have entered into a strategic partnership ...
Cached Biology Technology:Novo Nordisk and Atlanta Area Organizations Partner on Diabetes Education Programs 2Novo Nordisk and Atlanta Area Organizations Partner on Diabetes Education Programs 3Roka Bioscience Initiates External Trial for AOAC Certification 2ShangPharma Subsidiary and Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Partner in Therapeutic Antibody Research and Development 2ShangPharma Subsidiary and Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Partner in Therapeutic Antibody Research and Development 3
... Storage: The kit is stable for 12 months ... contents of the kit cold. , ,Principle: ... silica-gel based membrane which selectively adsorbs up to ... specialized binding buffers. Nucleotides, oligos ( , ,Application: ...
The Econo gradient pump rack is a preassembled rack that is used to hold the components of the Econo gradient pump kits....
... Leu DAP FLISP Assay with FAM-Labeled ... nm) • Accurately measure serine protease ... permeabilization • B-Bridge's FLISP Kits utilize ... proteases (FLISPs) to measure chymotrypsin-like activity ...
... instrument is the cycler that revolutionized ... uniformity and swappable blocks ensure consistent ... This rugged machine is more than ... for new features and upgrades as ...
Biology Products: