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Obese Kids Miss More School

As kids gear up to head back-to-school certain factors, including being overweight, mean that they may be missing more school than their peers.


Research found that overweight students were absent 20% more often than other kids. They suggest that the heavier children are avoiding school because of being teased as well as not wanting to participate in gym class. The more school missed, the more problems that can arise down the road.

As kids prepare to head back-to-school, keep this news in mind if your child is overweight. Instead of enabling them to miss more school, try and help them control their weight and emotional issues. Maybe enroll them in an after school program that has activities involved. Think about possibly hiring a personal trainer for after school or on weekends. Heck, there are even gyms tailored specifically for kids popping up nationwide. Help them pack a lunch full of healthy foods rather than the fast food they have available at school. Finally, look at your own lifestyle and habits, maybe the simplest change can be done at home, together.

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