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ERIC Number: EJ1067187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Obesity among Middle School Children: More Cause for School Leaders' Concern?
Clark, David; Viglietti, Gina C.; Slate, John R.
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, v3 n2 Jul-Sep 2008
In this study, the authors examined the relationship of 1,128 sixth and seventh grade students' grades in four subject areas (i.e., math, reading, science, and social studies) and their scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge & Skills (TAKS) Reading, Math, and Writing measures for the 2006-2007 school year as a function of their weight status (i.e., Obese versus Non-Obese). Statistically significant differences were found between the percentage of boys and girls who were obese, as well as among the ethnic categories of Hispanic, African-American, Asian-Pacific Islander, and White and among grade levels. Obese children were found to have statistically significantly lower course grades in math, reading, science, and social studies. Similar results were present for the three TAKS measures. Implications of our findings are discussed, as well as suggestions for further research.
Descriptors: Obesity, Middle School Students, Grades (Scholastic), Grade 6, Grade 7, Body Weight, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Science Achievement, Social Studies, Writing Achievement, Outcome Measures, Statistical Significance, Gender Differences, Ethnic Groups, Racial Differences, Cohort Analysis, Body Composition, Child Health, Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7
Authoring Institution: N/A
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