Kids are eating healthier and exercising more

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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This boy eagerly consumes a huge slice of watermelon. If he looks a little dirty, it’s probably because he was exercising outside!

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, kids and teenagers are getting more exercise, eating less sugar, and consuming more veggies than in previous years! The researchers who led the study claim this healthier lifestyle is why childhood obesity rates are going down, and a lot of the results have to do with anti-obesity messages aimed at kids.

“The fact that [obesity] is leveling off, that’s a surprise and a major change from the steady increase that we’ve seen over time,” said Dr. Ronald J. Iannotti, who worked on the study while at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “This is great news.” However, as great as it is, kids still aren’t meeting goals set up by the government.

For example, First Lady Michelle Obama recommends that kids and teens exercise for at least an hour every day. Doesn’t seem so hard, right? However, the study revealed that kids met the quota less than five days out of the week! Is it because their busy studying or something? Nope. Instead, kids lazily waste hours playing video games, watching mind-numbing TV, and chatting online! Well, they make up for the lack up exercise by eating healthy foods, right? Actually, even though kids have been devouring more fruits and veggies, they consume less than half of the recommended amount.

“In some ways you can interpret what we found positively by saying we’re beginning to bend the curve, and hopefully we’ll start seeing a downward trend in obesity,” said Iannotti. “But there’s large room for improvement.” Once you finish your homework and catch up on the latest Clubhouse news, I suggest you go play for a bit outside! It will do you good.

Featured image courtesy of US Department of Agriculture on Flickr. Image of boy eating melon courtesy of KaliFire on Flickr.