Kids With Active Friends Tend To Be Slimmer

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Can your young kid be putting on extra weights due to her friends who are always sitting around? A small research recommends that it is possible: children appear to be more active in an after school programme in case they hang out with their active friends. While the reverse was also true. The results did not justify that friends straightway impact how active the children are, and this is yet not clear if there is much of the influence to make dissimilarity in activity and obesity levels all through the day.

Yet the investigators raises queries like if the chubbier kids could be influenced by much active friends, said the research co-author who is a graduate student, Eric Tesdhal. He says that less active children can be grouped with much active children. There are many chances that you can make few significant alterations which are based on community influence factor alone. This is particularly true, he says as the study recommends the kids do not just flock to other who is similar to them – active or non active however instead are influenced by their friends.

How was the research done?

In the research the investigators observed 81 kids who fell in the age bracket of 5-12 in after school programmes. The mean age of these kids was 8 years. The investigators followed them for over 3 months and asked them regarding their friends and recorded their level of activity with the devices like accelerometers. The research proved that the kids who are consistent with their increased level of activity by 10% are more in line with their friends. To make the things pretty more difficult, the friendship of young kids is fairly dynamic. They form and reform with some comparatively high frequency.


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