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A new study warns that more and more children are absent due to obesity, reports WebMD Medical News. The researchers say that teachers should expect more and more absences. The study included children with an average age of 11 years, who were measured and weighed at school. According to the body mass index (BMI), 2% of the children were underweight, 58% were normal weight, 17% were overweight, 23% were what the specialists considered obese.
School attendance lists show that all obese children were missing 12 days a year from school, as opposed to normal-weight children who only missed 10 days. The age, sex and race of the children could not provide any explanation for these findings. The researchers draw attention to the fact that more and more children are becoming obese and schools should develop programs that try to solve this problem.
August 13, 2007