Study Finds Being Overweight Can Be Bad For Child's Brain

According to a recent research, a higher weight and body mass index or BMI are linked to negative changes in the brain of the child.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaUpdated at: Nov 29, 2022 18:00 IST
Study Finds Being Overweight Can Be Bad For Child's Brain

Lifestyle issues are one of the major contributors to childhood obesity. These may include, too little activity and many calories of intake from food and drinks. Although, genetic and hormonal factors might also play a significant role but obesity in children is caused due to poor daily habits.

Childhood obesity is linked with several psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. In addition, it can also lead to blood pressure problems, type-2 diabetes and breathing problems including asthma and sleep apnea. However, according to a recent research, a higher weight and body mass index or BMI are linked to negative changes in the brain of the child.

As per the reports, this study will be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America or RSNA. The researchers evaluated data from 11,878 children who were between the ages of 9 to 10 years. The BMI of each child was measured ad then standarised according to age, sex, and height. 

Study Finds Being Overweight Can Be Bad For Child's Brain

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Upon analysis, the researchers found that higher weight in childhood is linked to poor brain health, reduced cortical grey matter thickness, and as well as decreased functional connectivity.

Tips To Help Children Maintain Healthy Weight

To start with, choosing healthier foods and beverages. Opt for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and protein sources. Make sure that the child is not eating anything from the refriderator and kitchen. Here are a few things you can keep in mind before planning your child's diet plan. 

  • Provide plenty of vegetables and fruits
  • Encourage drinking enough water
  • Limit sugary drink
  • Include low fat and dairy products
  • Encourage outdoor games
  • Regular but not excessive eating
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