Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lifestyle more closely linked with childhood obesity, than genetics

Question: Are some children genetically tuned to be overweight, or is lifestyle to blame for childhood obesity?

According to results compiled by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center children who are obese were more likely to consume school lunch instead of a packed lunch from home and spend two hours a day watching TV or playing a video game.

U-M researchers found that 58 percent of obese children had watched two hours of TV in the previous day, compared to 41 percent of non-obese children. Forty-five percent of obese students always ate school lunch, but only 34 percent of non-obese students ate school lunch.

Significantly fewer obese kids exercised regularly, took physical education classes, or were a member of a sports team.

Because the eating and exercise patterns of obese children were so different than their normal weight peers, researchers concluded that lifestyle was more closely linked with childhood obesity, than genetics.

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