Adolescents who take part in team sports, or who actively commute to school, are less likely to be obese
- School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
- Correspondence to
: Dr Catherine B Woods
School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin D9, Ireland;
Commentary on: Drake KM, Beach ML, Longacre MR, et al. Influence of sports, physical education and active commuting to school on adolescent weight status. Pediatrics 2012;130:e296–304.
Implications for practice and research
Prevalence of childhood obesity is a global concern.
Low levels of physical activity (PA) are commonplace; evidence for PA intervention in reducing body mass index (BMI) is inconclusive.
Regular participation in structured sport and frequent walking or cycling to school may decrease the prevalence of overweight children and obesity.
Future research must acknowledge the importance of longitudinal data in order to fully understand the role of PA in the prevention and management of overweight and obesity.
Cross-sectional and longitudinal data suggest PA and fitness markers are associated with enhanced health and cognitive function in …