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Reverse Childhood Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease With Exercise

As the plague of childhood obesity explodes alongside the many diseases associated with it, scientists are rediscovering a regular exercise program can do wonders for a child's health, and not only to get rid of those extra pounds.

The 67 obese teens monitored (with body mass indexes (BMIs) ranging from 24-35) were assigned, either to a control group who didn't exercise or another who participated in a variety of activities (walking, swimming, aqua aerobics and team sports) three times a week. By the way, these obese teens were already showing signs of diseases -- hardening of the arteries and atherosclerosis -- associated with middle-aged patients.

Regular exercise made all the difference to a child's cardiovascular health researchers said, improving the flexibility of their arteries, lowering their BMIs, taming their blood pressures and cutting their cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Researchers also agreed with my philosophy about treating exercise like a drug that must be prescribed precisely to provide the most benefit, recommending children exercise for at least 90 minutes, three days a week.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol. 48, No. 9, November 7, 2006: 1865-1870

Science Daily October 31, 2006

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