Upping Exercise in Obese Kids No Answer

PLYMOUTH, England, July 9 (UPI) — Physical activity has little if any role in the obesity epidemic among children, an 11-year study of school children in Britain found, researchers said.

Researchers of the EarlyBird Diabetes Study, based at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, England, found physical activity had no impact on weight change but weight clearly led to less physical activity.

The implications are profound for public health policy because the physical activity of children — crucial to their fitness and well-being whether they are overweight or not — may never improve unless obesity levels are addressed, by what and how much children consume.

The EarlyBird study has already shown obesity is established early in life, long before children go to school. It is also associated with obesity in the parent of the same sex.

The findings are published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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