Poor Health Habits Add Up to Poor Grades for Teens

From Drugs.com - September 8, 2017

Poor Health Habits Add Up to Poor Grades for Teens

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 -- American high school students with poor grades are much more likely to have unhealthy behaviors -- including illegal drug use -- than teens at the top of the class, federal health officials say.

There's a strong link between teens' health habits and their academic achievement, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.

"As our nation's children embark on another school year, it's important to remember that health and academic performance are not mutually exclusive," said the CDC's director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald.

Analyzing data from a 2015 federal government survey, the researchers found that compared to students with mostly A's, students with mostly D's and F's were:

And compared to students with mostly D's and F's, the A-range students reported healthier behaviors. The better students were:

The study does not show a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Still, "these findings highlight the connection between student health and academic achievement. Schools, parents and communities can all work together to ensure a healthy and successful future for our children," Fitzgerald said in an agency news release.


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