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Soda, TV Time Linked to Child Weight

Thursday, 01 Nov 2012 10:22 AM


Contrary to popular belief, new research shows kids who eat more frequently during the day are not more likely to be overweight than those who have fewer meals. The study, by Indiana University researchers, found other lifestyle factors play a more significant role in obesity — including soda consumption and time spent in front of a TV, computer screen, or video game console.
Researchers found the more frequently students ate meals each day the less likely they were to stay overweight or gain weight during the 18-month study. But those who drank more soda and logged more screen time were far more likely to be overweight or to pack on the pounds.
Lead researcher Dong-Chul Seo, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, said the results also showed that participation in team sports also helped students achieve a healthy weight.
The study, which involved 5,309 students at 11 schools, suggests programs aimed at addressing childhood obesity need to move beyond simply dietary changes.
"Schools and families may be able to successfully focus on these modifiable risk factors, decreasing the burden of childhood obesity," he said.
"Encouraging students to maintain a regular meal pattern with at least three meals a day appears to be a good strategy to help students achieve healthy weight."
In addition to identifying key lifestyle factors that contribute to childhood obesity, Seo’s team found the socio-economic status of a school had an impact on students’ weight. Those attending schools with a lower status were more likely to be overweight or to gain weight, probably resulting from the greater opportunities students have for nutritious food offerings and physical activity at schools with higher socio-economic status.


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