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Exercise may not be overly helpful in weight management for children

Posted On Wed, December 8, 2010

Most health experts recommend people engage in regular exercise to avoid weight gain. However, recent data shows that physical activity may not be enough to hold off extra pounds.

Research published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise compared children in three different ethnic groups. The study found that while African-American children had the highest levels of physical activity, they were also more likely to have weight problems.

"Contrary to our expectations, higher levels of physical activity were not associated with lower rates of obesity across the race and ethnic groups," said study lead author Britni Belcher.

On the other end of the spectrum, Caucasian children were found to be least active and had lower obesity rates.

Keeping one's weight in line is important to overall health. People who struggle to stay at an appropriate size may become afflicted with heart disease or diabetes.

People with such conditions may also find themselves hurting financially. Those in poor health often face increased health and life insurance premiums as a result of their conditions.

Avoiding sweets may help people keep their weight under control. 

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