You can give your son a Barbie doll and insist that your daughter play with footballs. But a new study has revealed that daily habits impact the likelihood for childhood obesity in different ways when it comes to gender, reported the Huffington Post on August 13. Set aside your notions about what's sexist, and read on to discover important news about how to help your children reduce their odds for becoming overweight or even obese.
What the study discovered: When researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School examined sixth-grade girls and boys, they found that the girls who drank two servings of milk each day reduced their risks of obesity significantly. But milk consumption did not impact the boys' risks for obesity. Instead, the boys in the sixth grade who played sports weighed less than those who chose to watch TV rather than tackle their pals on the football field.
Significance of TV time, computer time and video game sessions: Of the children who were obese in the study, 61 percent of obese boys and 63 percent of obese girls admitted that they watched TV for two or more hours daily. Obese girls also were more likely than any other group to use a computer. Adding to the evidence that daily habits are significant, obese boys played video games more often than the other groups.
This study confirms the results of "The Biggest Loser" show's recent season with regard to their inclusion of obese kids for the first time. By changing their eating habits and spending more time exercising and less time playing on the computer or watching TV, the children lost weight in a healthy way. You can learn more by reading the landmark book created by the pediatric expert on "The Biggest Loser," Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, who wrote "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: The Food Solution That Lets Kids Be Kids" (click for details).