Is there any association between laziness and obesity? Well, there have been debates over this issue for quite long. A study was conducted for three years on 200 children of seven years of age. The body fat and physical activity measurements were obtained using an accelerometer and examined for body fatness.
It was found that as the body accumulates 10% more body fat at the age of seven years, it leads to four minutes less moderate exercise each day by age 10. On the other hand, more activity at age seven did not predict a relative decrease in the percentage of body fat between 7 and 10 years. The researchers say that physical inactivity emerges to be the result of fatness rather than its cause.
Although physical inactivity may lead to obesity, physical activity has other benefits of fitness, health and enjoyment of life for children.
The results suggest that keeping a check on diet and increased physical activity is the best way to control obesity.
The study was carried out by researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth and the University of Plymouth in the UK.
The aim of this study was to find out whether laziness or inactivity is the cause of obesity in children or obesity is the cause of inactivity. They argued that there is public health and school-based interventions to make children more active but they don't succeed in curbing obesity.