Children Beat Obesity With Vigorous Exercise

The most important concept about exercise when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off: Treating it like a drug that must be precisely prescribed to do the most good. And that usually requires far more intensity than the occasional walk around the block.

European scientists tested their belief that more intense exerciseprevents kids from gaining excess weight by tracking the activitylevels of some 800 children (ages 9-10) over four straight days.

Although there was no correlation between daily physical activity and body fat, children engaging in more physical activity for 40 minutes or longer had less body fat and improved cardiovascular fitness compared to kids who were active for 18 minutes or less.

Makes perfect sense, considering another recent report that found strength training lowers a teen's risks of type 2 diabetes, one of the major building blocks of the current obesity epidemic.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 84, No. 2, August 2006: 299-303

Yahoo News August 29, 2006