Childhood Fitness levels have a lifetime impact

As a Mom you instinctively know things about health and wellness, it’s a given. But sometimes you need more justification than “because I said so!” It always makes us feel great when research comes out supporting things we’ve just known forever and then if you need to you can sassily show that research to someone and say “SEE! I TOLD YOU SO!” That latest piece of research involves childhood fitness and how it reduces long-term cardiovascular risks of childhood obesity. 

In a collaborative study published by researchers at the University of Georgia, the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart, Australia, and the George Institute for Global Health at Oxford University research found that higher aerobic fitness during childhood, independent of abdominal fat, reduced the risk of developing metabolic syndrome in early adulthood by 36 percent compared to those with lower childhood fitness levels.

“While a number of studies have found that higher levels of aerobic fitness can substantially reduce the cardiovascular disease risks associated with adult obesity, few studies have looked to see whether this might also be true regarding childhood obesity,” said the study’s lead author Michael Schmidt, an associate professor in the College of Education’s department of kinesiology.

“We found that participants who had low fitness levels in childhood but increased their relative fitness level by adulthood had a markedly lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome than those who remained low fit,” said study co-author Erika Rees, a doctoral student in kinesiology. “And this was especially true for those with higher levels of abdominal fat as children.”

So there is always hope at any age, but Moms this basically says “Keep your kids happy, healthy, and fit and they will lead a better life.” To read the entire study, click here


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