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Vigorous physical activity & involvement in school sports reduces risk of obesity in boys by 10%
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:10 am Email this article
Vigorous physical activity and involvement in school sports teams reduced the odds of obesity in both middle-school boys by 10 percent according to a study from researchers at the University of Michigan.
This effect was not seen in girls.
Subjects: 1714 sixth grade students from Michigan
The study involved 1,714 sixth grade students from 20 schools in southeastern Michigan with a median age of 11-years-old who were enrolled in Project Healthy Schools.
Govindan M, Gurm R, Mohan S, Kline-Rogers E, Corriveau N, Goldberg C, DuRussel-Weston J, Eagle KA, and Jackson EA. Gender Differences in Physiologic Markers and Health Behaviors Associated With Childhood Obesity. Pediatrics, 2013 Aug 12; published on-line, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/08/07/peds.2012-2994.
Author’s Contact Info
Elizabeth A. Jackson, MD
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
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