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(US News)   Research finds physically fit children scoring higher on reading and math tests. Study based on all four U.S. middle school children who are actually fit   (health.usnews.com) divider line 14
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2012-08-06 10:32:40 AM
Correlation is not causation.
 
2012-08-06 11:20:52 AM
That was the direct opposite at my middle school. lol
 
2012-08-06 11:32:04 AM
Meh, my 9 year old is skinny and fit as can be. Runs in the familiy, we are all scrawny when young.

/35, 5'11 and still just 173
 
2012-08-06 11:37:24 AM
They are also more likely to vote for Democrats.
 
2012-08-06 11:50:51 AM
People who take personal responsibility for themselves do better? Get the hell out.

In this case, the children of people who take personal responsibility for them.
 
2012-08-06 12:18:22 PM

randomjsa: People who take personal responsibility for themselves do better? Get the hell out.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-06 12:47:57 PM

Wellon Dowd: They are also more likely to vote for Democrats.


Massachusetts...
Skinny (relatively)
Best Schools
Highest percentage of self-identified liberals
 
2012-08-06 01:54:09 PM

Wellon Dowd: They are also more likely to vote for Democrats.


That's a given. Being young and Democrat is about as rare as....as, um, something that's not at all rare and that also makes for a good example...
 
2012-08-06 02:08:13 PM
Do they really have to try to reach this far to find another way to degrade fat people?

FTFA : In girls, while being physically fit predicted higher reading scores, so too did a higher BMI -- which indicates more body fat. "We were a little surprised by this finding," Petrie said.

To me that negates any findings they made about the fit kids, but they brush over it with a lame reference to puberty.
 
2012-08-06 06:04:53 PM
Weird, in my high school it was the diametric opposite. The sporty kids sucked at math and reading, as they were too busy being sporty to read and do math.
 
2012-08-06 06:19:04 PM
So hot kids get better grades?

Makes some sense...
 
2012-08-07 05:15:51 AM

Howlin Mad Murphy: To me that negates any findings they made about the fit kids, but they brush over it with a lame reference to puberty.


BMI 'tends' to correlate with body fat percentages, but a body builder will tend to qualify as 'obese' while actually having a very low body fat percentage.

Basically, I'd want more investigation and to know how far that correlation goes - does it only work for 'more developed' girls, or are the 150-200 pound young fatties really scoring the best? Or does the lousy fitness at that point outweigh the additional mass?

Correlation is not causation, but independent studies have also shown that schools with active PT programs have fewer kids on ritalin and such, fewer disciplinary problems, and better scores. Elimination of PT programs tends to show no academic performance when the time spent exercising is instead spent in classrooms.

Personally, I think it's mostly that kid's bodies are expecting a certain amount of exercise/work. If they aren't doing it, the kid gets fidgety and stops being able to pay attention in class as well. Run the kiddies around the school a few times and they'll be able to sit and listen with enough additional efficiency to more than compensate for the time lost doing the running.
 
2012-08-07 03:06:03 PM
See??? This is exactly why athletes do so well in college!
 
2012-08-08 03:38:31 AM

lilbjorn: See??? This is exactly why athletes do so well in college!


One can be fit without being athletic, and being fit is associated with things like fewer illnesses, more energy, better attention span, etc...
 
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