Study: Smarter youngsters may be less apt to be overweight
In the study, researchers from Spain found that preschool kids with above average language, number, and puzzle solving skills were less likely to be overweight two years later when they were old enough to enter school.
A growing body of evidence points to a link between being overweight and having poor thinking, or “cognitive” skills. This led Dr. Monica Guxens, at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, and colleagues, to look for associations between cognitive function and weight in a group of preschool-age boys and girls.
They report, in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that kids functioning at a higher cognitive level at the age of 4 were less likely to be overweight when they were 6 years old.