Your Healthy Family

Sep 16, 2013 7:58 AM by Lacey Steele

Your Healthy Family: Healthier Teens

In Your Healthy Family, there's good news regarding teenagers.

They're exercising more, eating better, and there's evidence those healthier choices are paying off.

All this time spent on the playing field or playground and away from the television looks like it's beginning to make a real difference in the rate of childhood obesity.

Doctors looked at data on thousands of teens between 2001 and 2010.

They found previously rising rates of body mass index began to stabilize in 2006.

They're doing it just by going outside to play.

Plus, they're even starting to encourage their entire family to eat healthier.

Doctors say the result should be healthier adults with a lowered risk for obesity and heart disease.

"Although you may not get kids with heart attacks, the damage is beginning while they're kids, while they're young," said Ronald Iannotti of the National Institutes of Health.

Some gender differences were found in the study.

Boys get more physical activity, while girls eat more fruits and vegetables.

 

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