It is often thought that food has the biggest impact on children's weight, but new data from the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal study has found that it is rather physical activity that has the most impact.
A four year study of over 700 Australian children aged eight to 12 found that the main difference between lean and overweight children was that the lean were more physically active, said lead researcher professor Richard Telford.
"Children with a higher proportion of body fat, even those considered obese, did not consume more kilojoules – they did not eat more fat, carbohydrate or sugar – than those who were lean," Professor Telford said.
"Indeed, our study found that leaner boys actually consumed more kilojoules over the four years of the study than overweight boys, but were much more physically active."
Professor Telford said that these findings suggested a 'revisit' as to how young children's weight issues are best addressed.
"General community strategies involving dietary intake and physical activity to combat childhood obesity may benefit by making physical activity the foremost focus of attention," he said.
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