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‘Food Police’ Have to Admit That Caloric Intake Not to Blame for Childhood Obesi

Jul 19, 2005

Lack of physical activity is the real culprit according to a study published last week.

Echoing recent studies published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the new report shows that regardless of food intake, exercise is the central determinant of whether kids are overweight.


"The clear evidence showing physical activity levels to be the prime determinant of childhood obesity has not prevented groups from focusing on food intake alone

Among the findings of the new Lancet report:

"These results suggest that habitual activity plays an important role in weight gain, with no parallel evidence that energy intake had a similar role."

The composite findings from NGHS so far indicate that the drastic decline in habitual activity during adolescence might be a major factor in the doubling of the rate of obesity development in the USA in the past two decades, since no concomitant increase in energy intake was apparent."

The results provide evidence that physical activity plays a substantial and independent part in the rate of gain in BMI during adolescence."

The Lancet British medical journal: July 2005


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