ANNALS OF APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE–Special Issue
First National Congress of
"New Scientific Consequence for Iran’s Sport Development" Lahijan Branch, Islamic Azad University, 2014, 10-11 December
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ISSN (Online): 2322 – 4479
Comparison between Simple Visual Reaction
Time in Obese, Overweight and Normal Children
1Ehsan Zareaian, 2 Elahe Siavashi ∗, 3 Habib Allah Azarhazin
1. Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran.
2. M.Sc Student of Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran.
3. M.Sc of Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.
Obesity is globally epidemic and has been found to be associated with multiple health hazards(1,2) Reaction time is the time interval from the onset of the stimulus to the very beginning of the motor action, and reflects the integrity of the information processing system(3). The relationship between obesity and cognition is evident in both children and adolescents, with higher body mass indices (BMIs) associated with poor attention and task-switching abilities (4). Some experimental data have indicated that CNS may also be affected by obesity leading to cognitive decline and dementia (5).
The statistical population of the research included all of the 8-12 aged students of Shahr-e-Ghods. They were divided into 3 categories: obese, with overweight and normal. The reaction time software was used in order to measure reaction time. Also, the participants were asked to respond quickly to stimuli.