Dad, Mom, Not Genes Cause Obesity in Children

Saturday, February 5, 2011 Label:
Diet and poor eating habits are the main cause of most cases of obesity among children and adolescents, new research concludes. Genetics is not the culprit.
The findings come from analysis involving more than 1,000 high school students six in Michigan. They participate in the program at school projects that include 13 healthy secondary school in the entire state.
"For the children with the condition of extreme obesity, genetic role might be considered," said study leader, Dr. Kim A, Eagle, heart specialist and director the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor, in a news release.
"While the rest that causes obesity trends among children is the lack of physical activity, too long to spend time relaxing to sit in front of the screen and unbalanced nutrition in the child's lunch menu," says Eagle. He added, also based studies, which have been published in the latest issue of American Heart Journal, improvement of customs had to give promising results.
Researchers noted that in 1980, only 6.5 percent of U.S. children aged 6 to 11 years who are considered obese. But that percentage has increased nearly 20 percent in 2008.
In the earlier study found 15 percent of participants in the category of obesity. Another sad fact, almost all studies involved children who have poor diets.
Nearly a third of students in the study admitted drinking one serving of soda a day before the study conducted. While less than half are able to remember had to eat two servings of fruits and vegetables in the same period.
Only 34 percent of children of non-obese eating lunch served their school. Thus, these figures increased 45 percent for the category of obesity, because they bring lunch or buy food that is not healthy.
Then only a third of all children who reported exercising half an hour a day for five days in the previous week. While children with excess weight tend to do less activity than non-obese friend in sports subjects. They also tend not to be a member of the team sports at school.
According to the study, in obesity among children, 58 were reported sitting watching TV for two hours a day earlier.
These findings come against the background of the rules adopted recently by the federal government the Hunger-Free Health Act 2010. The law is designed to improve healthy school menus for 31 million children across the state through the school lunch program.
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