30 Sep '12, 8am

Children should eat less and not be forced to do more exercise in order to lose weight, experts say

LONDON - Eating less, not forcing children to do more exercise is the key to combating the childhood obesity crisis, experts have said, as a study shows youngsters compensate by becoming more idle at other times. A major review of research into childhood exercise programmes has found that enforcing extra activity on children does not affect how active they are overall, as they simply do less at other times of the day. This means that extra exercise programmes will not reduce the childhood obesity crisis and policies should focus on what children eat instead, experts said. People put on weight when they consume more calories than they use up so government policies have attempted to increase the amount of physical activity children do but studies have shown this does not affect their weight. Researchers at Plymouth University examined 30 experiments conducted on more than 14...

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