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Old 05-07-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
Kurt Armbruster
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Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

Saw this on the news feed, and thought it might be worth a discussion.

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The problem of overweight children won't be solved by piling on exercise in school, according to new research presented Thursday.

Youngsters who have a lot of physical activity during school hours tend to wilt when they get home. Children who have less action in school are more active after the final bell rings, says the study.
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http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/...ity-child.html

I didn't see any mention of diet in the article. I wonder if they even considered that aspect.

Edited to add: I guess someone should send them the CrossFit Kids articles from the CFJ!

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

Since being at CF the thing I've learned more and more is that mainstream articles only attack one side of an issue.
It's either diet's fault but not exercise.
Or exercise but not diet.

It's like they think both are independent of the other.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

As if anything published in the news will ever have that much of an impact on people's day to day lives anyway. Call me cynical, but even if some revolutionary study got to the bottom of how to prevent child obesity I highly doubt people would change much. That's assuming it's a type issue where the problem is x or y, which it isn't anyway.

Kids aren't fat from what they do (or don't do) in school, it's what goes on at home. Old habits are hard to break, especially when they're easy ones like eating junk and doing nothing. Educate parents and hopefully they'll be motivated to make a change.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

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Since being at CF the thing I've learned more and more is that mainstream articles only attack one side of an issue.
It's either diet's fault but not exercise.
Or exercise but not diet.

It's like they think both are independent of the other.
I agree. That was a brutal article. Its just so hard to build studies that look at ALL variables.

The obvious truth is that of course an active lifestyle and correct food choices will lead to healthy kids.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:38 AM   #5
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

Stupid studies... these guys all have Ph.D's but imho all they do is complicate things more and more.

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The problem isn't lack of exercise, its obesity. So, why is obesity caused? DIET.

Sure, running 1 mile might burn off that 1 extra mozzarella stick you had in your hot lunch, but its the overall $h177y diet kids have. The fact that they're eating mozz sticks and pizza and grade F hamburgers in their school lunches is the problem. Plus, whatever they eat/drink at home (soda!).

So I guess the study is right, doing more exercise won't help kids get less fat. Plus, most school P.E. programs are lame (they were kinda fun, lol). It's not like the "more exercise" equates to our children doing WOD's and what not, its just hop skip and jump for half an hour.

But why don't they just do a study on children's diets?
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:20 AM   #6
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

two problems, obesity and lack of fitness.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:29 AM   #7
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

Well, keep in mind that stupid studies like this usually consier something as lame as walking "exercise." Or maybe basketball, you know, in PE class where 90% of the kids hang out on the bleachers.

At the same time, these so-called experts consider "low fat" an acceptable diet plan, and think that all calories are equal.

So... How about that ignorance out there, eh?
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:51 AM   #8
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

This is news?

I don't see many Crossfitters doubling up on WODs, either. Do your workout in the morning, and you're unlikely to feel like another one in the afternoon. Increasing your overall activity level requires conscious effort: it's not going to just happen.

Maybe a better question would be why overweight children have so little energy in the first place. Might (gasp!) diet have something to do with it???

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Old 05-08-2009, 09:56 AM   #9
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

So locking kids up in a schoolroom is going to make them healthier, huh?
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:04 AM   #10
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Re: Seen in the news today: More exercise in school won't help fat kids: study

Did anyone else note that the group with the highest activity during school (those attending the prep school) are also those most likely to have access to computers and video games after school (highest socio economic class), while those most active after school were from the lowest socio economic class?

There are so, so many things wrong with this study.
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