Thunder
27°CSun :Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 32 Low: 23

Lifestyle changes as important as weight loss for kids’ good health

Lifestyle changes as important as weight loss for kids' good health

Washington: A new study suggests that focusing on lifestyle changes could help improve a kid`s health, more than just concentrating on weight loss.

The study found that both healthy-weight and obese children who participated in an intensive lifestyle modification program significantly improved their metabolic and cardiovascular health despite little weight loss.

“These findings suggest that short-term lifestyle modifications through changing diet and exercise can have an immediate impact on improving risk factors such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” Christian Roberts, an associate research professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and the study`s lead author, said.

“This work underscores the need to focus on changing lifestyle as opposed to focusing on body weight and weight loss,” he said.

This study is believed to be the first to compare the effects of changing diet and exercise in both normal-weight and obese children.

Unhealthy lifestyle factors that begin in childhood, such as physical inactivity, lack of exercise training, and diet s that are high in refined carbohydrates and fat, contribute to both the development of obesity and other chronic diseases.

But it is unclear whether obesity itself or the associated lifestyle factors are underlying causes of cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction and the related development of chronic disease.

“Even if individuals are at normal weight, they may have metabolic abnormalities and this study demonstrates that health status can be significantly improved by changing lifestyle habits,” Roberts said.

 

Top Stories

Clipboas

UP launches mobile application for HIV awareness

July-11-2014
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh has launched a phone application for iPhone and android users to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, an official said Friday.
3DTouch-new

Is It The End Of Mouse? Here Comes 3DTouch

July-11-2014
If there is anything that hasn’t changed in computers over the years, it has to the mouse. While there have been new
135e88ca-6fbc-47a7-b0ba-0e9197ca12d0MediumRes

India vs England: Shami stars as India take charge of first Test

July-11-2014
Ominously, it was almost a repeat of the script for England. India had started and finished Wednesday strongly to take the upper
HUMPTY_POSTER

Movie review: Alia and Varun’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a fun-filled ride

July-11-2014
Movie: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya Genre: Romantic drama Director: Shashank Khaitan Cast: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ashutosh Rana, Siddharth Shukla Rating: **1/2
Anandiben-patel

Gujarat CM welcomes budget

July-11-2014
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel praised the first budget of Mr. Modi’s government, saying it was “all-inclusive and took care of the
bse--621x414

Nifty gains after Infosys earnings beat estimates

July-11-2014
Reuters Market Eye – The Nifty is 0.1 percent higher after Infosys (INFY.NS) April-June earnings beat estimates. India’s software stocks gain after