PE mandates have mixed success in fighting childhood obesity

September 4, 2013

By Tom Snee A study by a University of Iowa economist finds that increased physical education (PE) requirements help reduce obesity among fifth grade boys, but fifth grade girls showed little change. Childhood obesity has risen dramatically in recent decades, prompting public health officials and policy makers to advocate increased physical activity time for elementary […]

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Obesity risk factors may vary for boys, girls

August 22, 2013

By Kathleen Doheny While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences. For instance, although being on a sports team reduced the risk of obesity for middle school-aged boys, it did not for girls, said study author Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, an assistant professor of […]

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Children’s exercise: Hour a day ‘not enough’

August 7, 2013

By Nick Valentine Current recommendations for children to exercise an hour every day are “insufficient” to protect them from heart and blood circulation problems later in life. Children under age 10 need at least 80 minutes of physical activity a day to keep them healthy, including 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, conclude researchers publishing in […]

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