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Sunday October 5, 2008
(foodconsumer.org) -- Worried about your kids gaining excess weight?
Ask them to read a book about healthy lifestyle! A new study found
children who were asked to read a healthy lifestyle book did lose
some weight although not as much as desired.
For the study, researchers at Duke
University asked obese females ages 9 to 13 who participated in a
weight loss program to read a novel called Lake Rescue to see what
would happen to their body mass index.
The book was full of messages from
pediatric experts on specific healthy lifestyle, weight management,
positive and strong role models.
Six month later, the researchers found
the 31 reading girls experienced a significant decrease in their BMI
by 0.71% compared to an increase of 0.05% in their peers who did not
read the book.
Overweight and obesity are more
prevalent now than ever. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, an estimated 16 percent of children ages 6 to
19 are overweight or obese.
Sarah Armstrong, MD, director of Duke's
Healthy Lifestyles Program where the study was conducted said
although the effect was not as much as thought, it should be
considered encouraging because children tend to enlarge their
waistline as they grow up.