Activity level is more important than caloric intake to prevent childhood obesity

March 19, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

Research recently published in U.S. News and World Report suggests that caloric intake plays a less significant factor in obesity than activity levels.

The authors of the study hypothesize that the thinner children all participate in regular sessions of exercise, thereby increasing their energy expenditures. The overweight and obese subjects were more sedentary.

Originally published in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the dietary habits of approximately 13,000 children from the ages of 1 to 17 years between 2001 and 2008. Continue reading