Keep your kids healthy

Encouraging young people to do strength-based exercises — such as squats, push ups and lunges — could play a key role in tackling child obesity, research suggests.⠀

Taking part in exercises that cause muscles to contract, and strengthen muscles and bones, was found to reduce children’s body fat percentage.⠀

The findings also suggests an increase in muscle mass — gained from strength-based exercises — could help boost children’s metabolism and energy levels.⠀

The effects were small but meaningful, prompting calls for further research to investigate how resistance training could treat and prevent the growing issue of child obesity.⠀

Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee examined the findings from a number of studies that explored effects of resistance training on body weight for children aged nine to 18 years.

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