Child's Self-Esteem Affected by School Performance, Body Weight

by Tanya Thomas on  January 24, 2009 at 7:09 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Child's Self-Esteem Affected by School Performance, Body Weight
A child's esteem, a new study's results say, is often heavily influenced by his/her school performance and body weight.

Paul Veugelers, researcher from University of Alberta surveyed nearly 5,000 Grade 5 students in Nova Scotia, asked questions about self-esteem, measured height and weight and linked the results with the standardized provincial exam results.

He found that like adults, body weight affects a child's self-esteem, but contrary to many adults, low self-esteem doesn't lead to weight gain.

Moreover, school performance affects self-esteem, but it didn't go the other way; if students had low self-esteem they still managed to perform well in class.

The study also shows that healthy eating and physical activity has a positive effect on school performance.

Source: ANI

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