From the pedometer studies by James Hill, University of Colorado:
Male gender, younger age, higher education level, single marital status, and lower body mass index (BMI) were all positively associated with steps per day.
Previous studies have shown that moving 6000 steps a day significantly reduces risk of death, and 8000-10,000 a day promotes weight loss.
18.5 percent of high school girls and 38.8 percent of high school boys get at least 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. 27.2 percent of high school girls and 34.6 percent of high school boys attend a physical education class daily. (CDC)
Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.
Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
An interesting fact to consider regarding childhood obesity prevention: Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2–18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets. Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.
Thank you all for a very lively and informative chat on childhood obesity. Next week we will be talking about newborn screening. We hope to see you again!