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Considering Brain Function in Early Treatment of Childhood Obesity

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Investigators from New York suggest that brain function be evaluated when deciding upon early treatment of obese children. In a study, they found that adolescents with metabolic syndrome had significantly lower scores on arithmetic, spelling, attention, and mental flexibility tests. These patients also exhibited a trend for lower overall intelligence when compared with those without metabolic syndrome.

Abstract: Pediatrics, September 3, 2012 (online).

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