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Middle School Students Need More Physical Activity, Better Nutrition, To Stave Off Obesity

August 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study of data from 1,714 sixth grade boys and girls found that girls who drank at least two glasses of milk a day were less likely to be obese, as were boys who played on sports teams. Sixty-one percent of obese boys and 63 percent of obese girls reported watching television for two or more hours a day. Obese girls were more likely than any other group to use a computer, and obese boys reported playing video games more often than normal weight boys. The nutritional quality of school lunches was also cited as an obesity factor that needs further study.
Morgen Govindan et al., "Gender Differences in Physiologic Markers and Health Behaviors Associated With Childhood Obesity", Pediatrics, August 13, 2013, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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