Healthy lifestyle programs aimed at kids improve everyone's well-being, regardless of their weight, a new study has found.
The UCLA nursing school study had children, some obese and some not, participate in a two-week program of exercise and a high-fibre, low-fat, plant-based diet. All the children's metabolic and cardiovascular health improved, with no real difference between the two weight groups.
The researchers say there's been too much focus on childhood obesity when it's the lifestyle associated with obesity — not obesity, itself — that causes health problems.
"Even if individuals are at normal weight, they may have metabolic abnormalities and this study demonstrates that health status can be significantly improved by changing lifestyle habits."
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