Childhood Obesity Linked to Health Habits, Not Heredity

Check-ups of more than 1,000 children showed that the kids who were obese were more likely to have school lunch instead of a packed lunch from home, and were also more likely spend two hours a day watching TV or playing a video game. This suggests that unhealthy habits are feeding the childhood obesity trend.

Obesity among U.S. children ages 6 to 11 has increased from just 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008.

According to Science Daily:

"Significantly fewer obese kids exercised regularly, took physical education classes, or were a member of a sports team. Because the eating and exercise patterns of obese children were so different than their normal weight peers, researchers concluded that lifestyle was more closely linked with childhood obesity, than genetics."

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