Physical activity has been shown to improve academic performance, including increased attention. Children and adolescents (ages 6 to 17) should get 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days. Aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps prevent obesity-related diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea, which causes daytime sleepiness and difficulty concentrating. Psychosocial stress from the stigma of obesity can cause low self-esteem and persist into adulthood.
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