Obesity reduced in kids who walk to school

31 March 2010

Walking to school is associated with significantly reduced levels of overweight and obesity, Australian research has confirmed (Health Prom J Aus 2010; 21: 57-63).

A survey of 1362 NSW children aged 10 to 13 years has found those who walked to school daily were 80 per cent less likely to be obese.

One-third of those children classified as obese or overweight were driven to school daily.

Children whose TV or computer game screen time was more than 2 hours per day were also more than 3 times more likely to be obese than those who had less than an hour per day of screen time.

Around 22 per cent of the children were overweight or obese according to parental estimates, which probably underestimated the total, the authors said.

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