One sport is not enough to cut teen obesity, a new study shows.
It would seem to be obvious to some, that the more sports you play, the less obese you probably are.
Dartmouth College researchers said that the obesity rate among high schoolers could be cut by more than 26 percent if all teens signed up for multiple team sports.
Yeah, but what about their education? Fitness is amazingly important and all, but we feel like education should still trump "multiple team sports" at that time in their life — especially if they struggle with the workload — and that there are other ways to keep in shape than to join teams that have multiple daily practices when you have homework to do!
Here's what one of the researchers had to say:
“The problem is that families often assume that if they put their kid into a soccer program that that is enough. But that’s only eight weeks a year. What about the other 44 weeks a year when they’re going about their same nutrition habits. Maybe a few weeks in the sport they’ll maintain their weight, but they will gain weight during the other weeks.”
That's assuming the kids are getting no physical activity outside of that one sport. Kids should know that sports aren't the only way to stay in shape: family activities, gyms, playing with friends. All of this adds up.
Still, they say that playing on one team is better than playing on none.
More reasonably, kids who walk or bike to school were less obese as well — cutting the obesity rate up to 22% if everyone did it 4 times a week.
We just want kids to be healthy, but we also want them to be able to handle the ever-growing educational work load!
There HAS to be some kind of happy medium!
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