Inactivity 'No Contributor' to Childhood Obesity Epidemic
First ! I think most of this is bullshit.
How about you ?
(July 8, 2010) — A new report from the EarlyBird Diabetes Study suggests that physical activity has little if any role to play in the obesity epidemic among children. Obesity is the key factor behind diabetes, heart disease and some cancers
EarlyBird is based at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, UK, and has been observing in detail a cohort of city school children for the past 11 years.
A review published in 2009 of all trials using physical activity to reduce childhood obesity showed weight loss amounting to just 90g (3oz) over three years, and the EarlyBird study wanted to know why the trials were so ineffective. So they challenged some popular paradigms.
It is well known that less active children are fatter, but that does not mean -- as most people assume it does -- that inactivity leads to fatness. It could equally well be the other way round: that obesity leads to inactivity.
And this is the question EarlyBird was uniquely placed to answer. With data collected annually over several years from a large cohort of children, it could ask the question -- which comes first? Does the physical activity of the child precede changes in fatness over time, or does the fatness of the child precede changes in physical activity over time?
And the answer, published recently in Archives of Disease in Childhood, was clear.
Physical activity had no impact on weight change, but weight clearly led to less activity.
(WHAT ??? That's stupid !)
The implications are profound for public health policy, because the physical activity of children (crucial to their fitness and well-being) may never improve unless the burgeoning levels of childhood obesity are first checked. If this cannot be achieved through physical activity, the focus has to be on what -- and how much -- children consume.
EarlyBird has already shown how the trajectory leading to obesity is established very early in life, long before children go to school, and how most childhood obesity is associated with obesity in the same-sex parent.
While portion size, calorie-dense snacks and sugary drinks are all important contributors, early feeding errors seem crucial -- and physical activity is not the answer.
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
- Albert Einstein
this study is total and utter bullshit! poor kids, they are obese and thus can not exercise!
well, not so fast. Would any of us disagree that diet and not exercise contributes to a great proportion of the variance in achieving weight loss? The problem w. the study may be that the eating was ad-lib. Hence what did they eat and how much? Were any of the children predisposed to early on set diabetes? What percent of the obese children w. or w/o exercise develop diabetes?
There is an Indian tribe living just south of my home in which 90% of those over 12 have diabetes. They do not have 90% of the population suffering obesity.
And we'll collect the moments one by one. I guess that's how the future's done. Feist, "Mushaboom", 2005
it's obvious that inactivity won't make you fat, sitting on your ass doesn't bring in more calories. What does cause problems is when you have kids eating a crappier diet and doing less activity than they did in the past.
While i think diet is a huge factor in childhood obesity, it is hard to put on weight when your running around like kids should.
fuck it all. diet. food. activity.
what people are eating now should not be considered safe to eat. everything is processed, moleculary changed, fucking regurgitated shit shaped into what looks like food... hormones, chemicals, pesticides not too mention unsanitary conditions.
what choice does the body have. you feed it shit you are shit.
hormones are the most crucial ingredient in body. without proper nutrition hormones get all fucked up. its like a chemistry experiment gone bad.
its not a obesity epidemic, its a food epidemic, or lack of.
hmm, my observation is that childhood obesity is epidemic, adult onset diabetes is now called juvenile diabetes and we do not have to look very far for reasons.. it does not take a double blind study for us to suspect going from NO macdonalds on very corner and being outside playing until dusk every night to being surrounded by fast food and electronic stimulation might bethe reason why we are having this issue.
It's the food. I know plenty of lazy people that are not fat, and know plenty of fat people that aren't lazy. The fat people that aren't lazy are not doing enough exercise to overcome the crappy diet. I know the study did not have these subjects riding 3-4 hours per day. If that were the case activity obviously would take off significant weight....Unless they just keep eating pizza and pop all day long every day after their workouts.