Little Bit of Exercise Does A Lot To Reduce Obesity In Children – 15 Minutes of Walking Per Day Lowered Risk By 50 Percent

Little Bit of Exercise Does A Lot To Reduce Obesity In Children – 15 Minutes of Walking Per Day Lowered Risk By 50 Percent

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(Best Syndication) Researchers at Bristol University say that just 15 minutes of exercise per day can make a big difference in a child’s chances for becoming obese. The Study published in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests that just having your kids walk to school rather than ride in the car can make the difference.

The kids wore a special device called a “Actigraph activity monitor” to measure their activity each day. The monitor was worn on the child’s belt and provided accurate measured activity levels. Most wore the movement-sensitive monitor for a week but all used the Actigraph for at least three days.

The researchers evaluated 5,500 12-year-olds from the Children of the 90s research project (also known as ALSPAC, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children). The activity was monitored for 10 hours per day.

Over the term of the study each participant had their body fat measured using an X-ray emission scanner. These scanners differentiate between fat and muscle in the body. They say this is a better and more precise measure of BMI (Body Mass Index).

Just 15 minutes of “moderate” exercise lowered the risk for obesity by 50 percent. Moderate exercise includes a brisk walk fast enough to make your child a little out a breath.

Professor Chris Riddoch says “We know that diet is important – but what this research tells us is that we mustn’t forget about activity. It’s been really surprising to us how even small amounts of exercise appear to have dramatic results.” Riddoch says that 15 minutes should be “regarded as a starting point.”

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By Marsha Quinn
Best Syndication Health Writer

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