The Relationship Between Adolescent Obesity Treatment and Academic Performance

The Relationship Between Adolescent Obesity Treatment and Academic Performance

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The education system has neglected student health, specifically, weight control in relation to diet and exercise. Previous research has identified a negative relationship between adolescent obesity and academic performance, but an important gap in the literature regarding methods of intervention remains. The purpose of this study was to identify the impact of policies regarding mandatory physical exercise and a sugar-free lunch menu on students' Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) achievement in reading, English, social studies, mathematics, and science. The researcher sought to determine if 108 students enrolled in Grade 5 in an obesity treatment elementary school (Group A) achieved higher levels on the CRCT than 432 Grade 5 students (Group B) enrolled in 4 traditional elementary schools in the same school district. The frequency counts were tested using the chi-square statistic to identify any relationships between type of school attended and CRCT achievement. The findings indicated no significant association between the school attended and the level of achievement in reading (chi2 = 2.901, df = 2, p g .05), English (chi2 = .953, df = 2, p g .05), mathematics (chi 2 = 1.695, df = 2, p g .05), and science (chi2 = .526, df = 2, p g .05). There was, however, a significant association between social studies and type of school (chi2 = 29.098, df = 2, pThe GDoE (2007) indicated that the first CRCT was issued in 2000 after much deliberation concerning its contents and the manner in which it would be delivered. Key issues such as relating curriculum and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) to test content, limiting possible ... But that does not reflect how many should have tested - only how many did (# of answer documents that were scanned).

Title:The Relationship Between Adolescent Obesity Treatment and Academic Performance
Author:Jeffrey B. Hutson
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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