One-third of kids with obesity 'metabolically healthy,' study shows

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One-third of kids with obesity 'metabolically healthy,' study shows


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Old 03-22-2014, 13:32   #1
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(Edmonton) Digits on a scale can help determine a child’s weight, but their overall health status can be influenced by other factors such as physical activity, diet and screen time, according to new research from the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

A study of 181 children with obesity aged eight to 17 years old showed that up to a third could be classified as “metabolically healthy,” meaning they’re not imminently at risk of developing insulin resistance—a precursor to Type 2 diabetes—high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other obesity-related diseases.

“It’s not all about fat, even for kids who meet the definition of obesity,” explained Geoff Ball, senior author and associate professor of pediatrics in the U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and clinical director of Stollery Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, a weight management clinic for children with obesity. “Lifestyle behaviours—how physically active they are and what they eat—those things have an effect on their health, independent of fatness.”

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I would not have classified myself as obese, but I do know my activity level did drop off as I got older and moved up in my job. Even became less active at home. Wonder if that is a result or a cause.

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