US Childhood Obesity Leveling Off: Study

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 12:10 PM

By Nick Tate

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
American teenagers are eating better diets and engaging in healthier activities that can stave off weight gain, suggesting efforts to combat childhood obesity are making small but steady progress, according to new research.

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the University of Massachusetts and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development who tracked the medical records of 35,000 adolescents — 11 to 16 — found their health improved slightly over an eight-year period.
 
The researchers collected data on the youths' diets, level of physical activity, height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) between 2001 and 2009. The results showed that although the BMI of the participants increased over the full study period, it declined from 62.33 in 2005 to 62.07 in 2009.
 
Although most did  not engage in the 60 minutes of physical activity every day that experts recommend, the number of days in which that level was reached increased from 4.33 in 2001 to 4.53 in 2009. Meanwhile, fruit consumption increased from two to four days a week in 2001 to five to six in 2009, while vegetable intake increased from two to four days a week in 2001 to nearly five days in 2009.

The results also showed a drop in TV viewing time and consumption of sweets and sweetened beverages.
 
"These patterns suggest that public health efforts to improve the obesity-related behaviors of U.S. adolescents may be having some success," the researchers concluded. "However, alternative explanations for the increase in BMI over the same period need to be considered."

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 09:28 AM

Thanksgiving meals can pose a challenge for people who have to eat a gluten-free diet, an expert says.
Many traditi . . .

Liver Transplant Recipient Marks 25th Anniversary

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 09:19 AM

Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living . . .

Ebola Vaccine Passes Safety Test

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 09:12 AM

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test i . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved