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Childhood obesity linked to emotional issues

Obese school children are more likely to suffer emotional disturbances such as inappropriate behaviour, relationship problems, depression and learning difficulties than their slimmer contemporaries according to a recent Monash University-led study.

Boys tended to struggle with relationship problems, while girls were far more likely to display inappropriate behaviour.

The research also found that boys (16.5%) were significantly more likely to be obese than girls (11.7%) and that levels of emotional disturbances increased as children moved up through school grades, while obesity prevalence remained consistent.

Read more at Monash University

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  1. Liza Neil

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    Very Interesting! Does the study show which comes first, or whether the emotional issues can cause the obesity, which magnify the emotional issues? Is it chicken before egg, or egg before chicken, or interchangeable?