Moderate Physical Activity Prevents Adiposity Increases Among Children

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is associated with lower levels of adiposity in children, regardless of their weight status. Researchers conducted a longitudinal analysis using data from the Transitions and Activity Changes in Kids (TRACK) study, following 5th grade students from 21 elementary schools across South Carolina. They found that higher levels of MVPA were linked to lower fat-mass-index (FMI) in all weight status groups. The study also noted that diet quality decreased and sedentary behavior increased as children moved from 5th to 7th grade. The researchers concluded that MVPA is protective against greater increases in adiposity in all children and recommended at least 60 minutes of MVPA per day for youth.

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