First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission to “work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.” According to CDC statistics, childhood and adolescent obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years; approximately 17% of kids aged 2 – 19 are obese.
In other words, one in five children is overweight by age 6. That’s crazy!
We all want what’s best for ourselves and our kids, but sometimes there is conflicting advice about what’s “best”.
According to an article in The New York Times, experts at Harvard University have recently published a study on the factors that influence weight gain, and its relation to exercise, sleep, TV watching, smoking and alcohol intake.
Predictably, the study showed the more a person exercised, the more they tended to not gain weight; they less they exercised the more they tended to gain weight.
Surprisingly, the kinds of foods people ate had a bigger impact than the amount of exercise.
According to this research, there are some foods that are more likely to contribute to weight gain (“bad” foods), and there are foods that resulted in weight loss or no gain (“good” foods).