Under the Microscope
5:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

On obesity and poor math performance

On this week's show, we’ll revisit a story about iPad technology at Benton elementary school, and hear about a study that links childhood obesity to poor math skills in school.

Benton Elementary School received 50 iPads at the beginning of the school year. This technology has been used in classes as varied as Art, Music and P.E. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung visited Benton to find out how these tablet computers are being introduced, and filed a report earlier in March of this year.

Plus, Sara Gable is an MU Associate Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She and two colleagues recently published a study that links childhood obesity to poor math skills in school. Gable found that this poor performance was connected partly to feelings of sadness and loneliness, and by deficits in social skills. She sat down with KBIA’s Jon Ingram to discuss aspects of the study, starting with why she decided to focus on math.

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