Obese children slower to recognize and correct their errors

4 years ago
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It seems like every day there's a new finding linking weight and cognition in some way.

This latest one is a study from the University of Illinois that found that obese children don't recognize and correct their errors as quickly as healthy-weight kids.

The research looked at the brain images of both groups of kids while doing tasks that involved "action monitoring" - an executive control task that includes organizing, planning and inhibiting. The example they give is that when you're typing, you don't need to be looking at your keyboard or screen to know you've made a mistake. 

The research is important because it shows that action monitoring (needed to be successful in math and reading), which occurs in the prefrontal cortex, is directly linked to weight. This adds to the current evidence that a healthy body is usually linked to a healthy brain.

Here's what I read:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/274963.php

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