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Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1995 May;19(5):355-7.

A study of intelligence and personality in children with simple obesity.

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  • 1Department of Hygiene of Children and Adolescents, Nanjing Medical University, Jiangsu, PRC.


The objective of this study was to investigate differences in measures of intelligence and personality between obese and normal-weight children. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale (IQ) for Children (revised) and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) were administered to 102 children with simple obesity and their controls in a case-controlled design. The mean age of the children was 9.8 years and they all attended primary school in Nanjing, PRC. It was found that children in the severe obesity category (> 50% overweight) had a significantly lower performance IQ score than the controls, and a significantly higher EPQ psychoticism score. These differences were not observed in children with milder degrees of obesity.

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