Clumsy Kids More Likely to Be Obese Adults

Researcher says the less coordinated are less prone to exercise
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 3:56 PM CDT
A new study points to a correlation between clumsiness and obesity.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Clumsy children are more likely to be obese as adults, probably because they shy away from sports and physical activity, a new study says. The UK research tracked the activities of 11,000 people as part of a national study that began in 1958, the BBC reports. Participants ages 7 and 11 who did poorly on dexterity tests were twice as likely to end up obese at age 33.

The study “tells us that most people don't become obese just because they want to, and that many of the causes are subtle and complex," says one researcher.