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Adolescents who take part in team sports, or who actively commute to school, are less likely to be obese
  1. Catherine B Woods
  1. School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Catherine B Woods
    School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin D9, Ireland; catherine.woods{at}

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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 …

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