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Link between inactivity and obesity queried

08/07/2010

Researchers have challenged the assumption that a lack of exercise causes children to put on weight.

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Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity

Here are the conclusions of the study:

Conclusions Physical inactivity appears to be the result of fatness rather than its cause. This reverse causality may explain why attempts to tackle childhood obesity by promoting Physical Activity have been largely unsuccessful.

In other words, for the children in the study, being fat caused them to be less active, rather than being less active caused them to be fat.

So if in activity was not the cause of obesity in these children, what was?  The only other culprit can be the food/drink they ate.  As I say to all the people who come in asking for help to lose weight, a couple of times in the gym isn’t going to do it!  If you want to lose weight, you need to change your diet…and in some cases, your whole lifestyle!

I’m trying to put together a little article with lots of lovely graphs (God!  I love a good graph!) to illustrate the impact that exercise, and changes in your diet, have on your waistline.

Exercise is good, fantastic and everyone should do it for a better life and to make you fitter and stronger.  But it is not the ideal tool to lose weight.

It can be used to make you lose weight, just like you can use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail…but its the wrong tool for the job and you are better off using it for something else.

In the meantime, if you are wanting to lose weight, click here for the basics, and if you want/need more help and life in the Skipton area, contact me today!

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