I think there is an increasing concern with the physical fitness of children and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently stated that children should start getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. The AAP has even recommended that children as young as 5 years old should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity.
This seems counter-intuitive, but there seems to be a link between the amount of exercise children do and the amount of cancer they get. There is a link between exercise and a variety of cancers, including colon and prostate cancer. And also there is a link between exercise and obesity. A 2007 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people with higher levels of fitness tended to be less likely to develop obesity than those with lower fitness.
Although the link between exercise and obesity is not well understood, there’s also a link between exercise and heart disease. A 2010 study found that the risk of heart disease increases significantly for every 10 units of weekly exercise in middle-aged white women.
While the link between exercise and heart disease might be somewhat intuitive to those who have read the popular books by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, this is definitely not something that should be taken lightly. While there are many theories about why athletes have better heart health, there is no clear evidence that this is true.
One reason might be that athletes have better physical conditioning, which means they have less muscle damage from exercise. Yet another reason might be that athletes tend to be taller, which makes them more prone to body fat than the average person. Still another reason might be that it takes more energy to move a little more, which means it takes more energy to do the same amount of exercise.
And if a person has a heart disease, they may be more susceptible to heart attacks.
It’s impossible not to have one’s heart rate toggled a little bit in a time-lock, but it’s hard to imagine that a person can walk more than a mile without having to push them to do more than a few seconds of exercise.
It is well known that the typical young adult in the US is overweight, and that kids and adolescents have been getting fatter in the past decade. More and more people are noticing it. Just a few years ago, a study showed that teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 are already carrying around 15 percent more body fat than a typical young adult. The study also found that this is mostly due to the increase in overall levels of childhood obesity.
This is all leading to a growing concern that the American youth is getting fatter and fatter and fatter and fatter and fatter. Even more alarming is the fact that the obesity epidemic is leading to an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. In fact, a study out of Australia showed that if you’re overweight and carry a body mass index (BMI) of 25, you’re five times more likely to develop diabetes than somebody who’s underweight.
The biggest problem is that we’re talking about obesity, not physical fitness. People still do not understand that obesity is the only cause of the increase in type 2 diabetes. And it does seem that we’re in the middle of a fight that we’ve been in for the last several years. The only time we go to bed with a BMI below 25 is when we’re at a healthier weight.