Think being healthy just means being skinny?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

There is a lot of news that encourages children to stay active and fend off obesity. It almost seems like kids are just being told to stay slim. However, according to a study from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), it’s not so much about your weight, as it is about your lifestyle!

The researchers took both slim and overweight children in a 2-week health program, where the kids ate healthy meals and exercised daily. They predicted that only the overweight kids were really going to show signs of improved health, but in fact, all the kids improved! “These findings suggest that short-term lifestyle modifications through changing diet and exercise can have an immediate impact on improving risk factors such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Christian Roberts, a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing who was the lead author of the study. “This work underscores the need to focus on changing lifestyle as opposed to focusing on body weight and weight loss.”

In other words, it not all about whether you’re thin or big-boned. What’s most important is that you maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active!

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