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U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

Aug 26, 2013

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.

The study also found that obese girls spent more time in front of a computer than any other group; obese boys spent more time playing video games than healthy weight boys. She adds  that the most important things is to keep kids active. Which, according to Project Healthy Schools, a healthy diet and engaging in 150 minutes of exercise a week are the most effect ways to combat obesity in children.