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PE may lower children's obesity odds in later life

PE may lower children's obesity odds in later life

Teenagers who take part in physical education at school are more likely to maintain a normal weight as young adults, research shows.

A study of 3,345 teenagers from the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that each day of sports at school lowered the odds of becoming an overweight adult by 5%.

Taking part in five days of physical education lowered the odds of becoming an overweight adult by 28%.

Study author Robert Blum said: “These findings underscore the important role that school-based and extracurricular physical activities play in reducing the likelihood of becoming an overweight adult.

"While physical education was not a good weight-loss mechanism over time, it appears to have a positive impact in helping teenagers maintain a healthy weight into young adulthood.”

Blum concludes that school-based physical education could be a low-cost strategy and a long-lasting solution to adult obesity.

The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

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