Unhealthy Lifestyle and Not Genes Responsible for Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children is mainly attributed to genes. However, according to a research by University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, it is the unhealthy lifestyle of the children that drives them to obesity. The obesity in children in the age group of 6 to 11 has greatly increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. This has alarmed the whole country to take some action. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was recently signed by President Obama. It aims at healthier school menus for about 31 million American school children who have school lunch.

Check-ups were carried out on about 1,300 6th Graders from Michigan. It was noticed that obese children were more likely to have school lunch and not the packed lunch from home. It was also observed that the children who are obese tend to spend about two hours watching T.V or playing video game daily.

According to Kim A. Eagle, M.D. director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center and the author of the study, extremely obese children might require a genetic screening. But for the rest of them, increase physical activity, reduced recreational time and improved nutritional school lunches can treat childhood obesity.

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