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Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals

teeism, and that remains true; however, in this study, BMI was a better indicator of poor classroom attendance than these traditional factors or any others.

Researchers attempted to control for the socioeconomic differences among students by selecting inner-city schools that were homogeneously among the citys poorest. More than 80 percent of students at these schools were eligible for free and reduced-cost meal plans.


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