Improving kids' diets is best bet to tackle obesity
CAPTION: If you really want to reduce your child's weight, exercise is not as important as diet, say the experts. TACKING regular exercise on to a diet programme for obese children and teens typically doesn’t help them lose any more weight, a new review of past data suggests. "Changing diet, improving diet, reducing calories is enormously important for weight loss both in children and adults," says US specialist Dr Gary Bennett, who studies obesity prevention at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Those programmes lasted anywhere from six weeks to six months. Most studies found children tended to have a lower body mass index (BMI) — a ratio of weight in relation to height — and a smaller percentage of body fat after completing either type of intervention.
Adding aerobic exercise such as jogging or dance to a restricted-calorie diet had little effect on weight loss. However, children who did resistance training lost more body fat than those who didn’t exercise, according to the analysis.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day