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Childhood mental ability in relation to food intake and physical activity in adulthood: the 1970 British Cohort Study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17200256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to examine the relation of scores on tests of mental ability in childhood with food consumption and physical activity in adulthood.
METHODS: Based on a cohort of >17,000 individuals born in Great Britain in 1970, 8282 had complete data for mental ability scores at 10 years of age and reported their food intake and physical activity patterns at 30 years of age.
RESULTS: Children with higher mental ability scores reported significantly more frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables (cooked and raw), wholemeal bread, poultry, fish, and foods fried in vegetable oil in adulthood. They were also more likely to have a lower intake of chips (French fries), nonwholemeal bread, and cakes and biscuits. There was some attenuation in these associations after adjustment for markers of socioeconomic position across the life course, which included educational attainment, with statistical significance lost in some analyses. Higher mental ability was positively associated with exercise habit, in particular, intense activity (defined by being out of breath/sweaty). The associations between mental ability and these behaviors were similar in both men and women, and they were somewhat stronger for verbal than nonverbal ability.
CONCLUSIONS: It is plausible that the skills captured by IQ tests, such as the ability to comprehend and reason, may be important in the successful management of a person's health behaviors.
G David Batty; Ian J Deary; Ingrid Schoon; Catharine R Gale
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  119     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-03     Completed Date:  2007-01-30     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e38-45     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Intelligence Tests
Longitudinal Studies
Grant Support
MC_U130059821//Medical Research Council; //Wellcome Trust

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