Paediatric obesity and brain functioning: The role of physical activity—A novel and important expert opinion of the European Childhood Obesity Group

Irene Esteban-Cornejo, John Reilly, Francisco B. Ortega, Pawel Matusik, Artur Mazur, Eva Erhardt, Anders Forslund, Elpis Athina Vlachopapadopoulou, Margherita Caroli, Emma Boyland, Daniel Weghuber, David Thivel

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While most of the time unconsidered, child and adolescent obesity has been also associated with impaired brain health and function that can definitely affect their social interaction and integration, and then well‐being and mental health. The European Childhood Obesity Group recently gathered experts in the field who discussed the main available and reliable evidence regarding the role of physical activity on brain health and cognitive functioning in children and adolescents with obesity and who propose here their main conclusions and recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12649
JournalPediatric Obesity
Issue number9
Early online date27 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020


  • obesity
  • public health
  • child development
  • paediatric obesity
  • brain health
  • cognitive functioning

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