A new press release states: “Improving or maintaining physical fitness appears to help obese and overweight children reach a healthy weight.” The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University analyzed 1,882 out of shape students who became fit. The study took place over four years.
“Obese and overweight girls who achieved fitness were almost five times as likely, and obese and overweight boys were two and a half times as likely, to reach a healthy weight than those who stayed underfit,” said Ph.D. candidate Adela Hruby. “It turns out that maintaining fitness is beneficial, too. We observed that obese and overweight girls and boys who both started and ended the study being fit were more likely to have a healthy weight by the end of the study.”
The study was funded by grants from the American Heart Association, and it appears this won’t be the last time the researches investigate the correlation. Jennifer M. Sacheck, Ph.D., and leader of the study, noted that additional research will be needed to explain the results of the study.