Childhood obesity linked with poor academic performance

 , New York  |  Updated: May 05, 2014 15:52 IST

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Childhood obesity linked with poor academic performance
Childhood obesity correlates with attention-deficit or hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, and poor academic performance. A new study recommends eating more of natural, unprocessed, raw foods instead of chips, sodas and fast foods in order to develop sharp minds.

"Eating natural, unprocessed, raw food eliminates the constant need to calculate calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins - a reason diets fail," said Kristopher Kaliebe, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre in the US.

"Children as well as parents need to find excuses to move whenever possible and be especially active during leisure time," he added. Restricting media exposure could also help the obese kids stay sharp, the study said.

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Sensory overload and "noise" from popular culture, gaming, advertising, media and electronics crowds out important things such as family matters, academics, sleep, and the development of other interests.
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"Celebrations, such as birthday parties, are less meaningful. Do not stress over the occasional special treat, but be strict about everyday routines," Kaliebe said. "Habits have profound effects," he concluded. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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