By On February 4th, 2011

School lunches number one contributor to childhood obesity, study suggests

Obesity in sixth graders can be attributed to many of the same lifestyle choices that overweight adults make. Watching too much TV, not engaging in enough physical activity and poor eating habits are all among the choices that contribute to childhood obesity. Surprisingly, however, in one study the greatest association with childhood obesity was school lunches.

The cohort study of 1,003 sixth graders, recently reported in the American Heart Journal, found that students engaged in all three poor lifestyle choices were not only over weight but also possessed an unfavorable metabolic profile, to include blood pressure, blood glucose, and heart rate. “Opportunities to improve child health should emphasize programs that increase physical activity, reduce recreational screen time, and improve nutritional value of school lunches,” Kim A. Eagle, MD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and co-authors wrote in response to the findings. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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