Weight & Exercise Affect Children's Cognitive Development

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Why is physical activity important for children?
Air Date: 1/19/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Higgins, MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Weight & Exercise Affect Children's Cognitive Development
Healthy development is crucial for your child.

A recent study conducted by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University found that your child's weight and activity level has an impact on his or her's ability to think.

Researchers looked at 45 normal-weight children that were between the ages of seven and 11. Of these children, 25 were active and 20 weren't.

What did researchers find?

Results showed that children who were lean and active scored better on cognitive tests than the inactive and overweight children.

What else did the researchers find?

John Higgins, MD, shares more details of the study and explains why weight and exercise matter when it comes to your child's cognitive health.