Washington: Scientists have found an effective way to fight the epidemic of childhood and adolescent obesity.They suggest a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.
The researchers did not find a comparable effect for adolescent boys.Why school entrance age should influence weight 10 years later is not clear from the data, said lead study author Ning Zhang, Ph.D., of University of Rochester School of Medicine. One possibility is peer effect: “Within any grade, younger girls may be exposed to relatively older friends, who are more careful about their weight and physical appearance,” she said.Girls who are young for their grade have earlier exposure to this information and participate in more advanced physical exercise regimens as well. The study appeared online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. ANI
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