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Sedentary lifestyle another factor in obesity problem?

Comments re article 57366 HealthyLivingLink NYT story on School Snack Food By Jon Halsey

Here's another take on this subject from Rick Moran at American Thinker:
"Yes, we have an obesity problem among our children. But it is unclear if high calorie, high fat foods are mostly to blame.

"Chips, soda, candy bars, and other snacks have been sold in schools for decades. The problem isn't so much what kids eat - especially since even nutritionists admit that children need more fat and calories than adults in their diet - but rather their lack of exercise.

We have the most sedentary youth in the industrialized world and getting kids into healthy physical activities will go much farther in reducing their weight than any ban on candy bars."
When I see folks in the check-out lanes with four, six even eight cartons of soda in their carts along with boxes of snack cakes, etc., I question whether the schools are the problem. Jon Halsey, Knifley

Thanks, Jon Halsey. You raise a good point insofar as sedentary lifestyle is a factor: Of course sedentary lifestyle is a factor, especially in obesity. And activity would go a long way toward solving the problem. But might not changing diet solve the problem, too? Would a combination of diet and exercise? Might be both are needed - more exercise, and better diets. - EW



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