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More Depressing News on School Based PE and Kids

Posted November 20, 2014 by Yoni Freedhoff

The “Activity Stat” hypothesis suggests that kids are pre-programmed to get a certain amount of exercise each day. If they’re more active during their school day they’ll be less active after it’s done.

The theory was first described in England back in 2011 when objectively measured activity (via accelerometers) from children attending 3 schools with widely varying amounts of prescribed PE, was shown to be roughly equivalent.

Well a few weeks ago, these findings were confirmed in Denmark where researchers compared the objectively measured activity of children in “sport schools” and regular schools. The sport schools provided children with a minimum of 4.5 hours of activity weekly, while the regular schools saw their kids moving weekly for 1.5 hours – and yet all kids, regardless of school, accumulated roughly the same amount of weekly activity.

Me? I’m all for well designed PE classes to help children both develop and accumulate physical literacy and to improve their school based attention and behaviour. I’m also all for increasing recess duration and frequency and lifting school yard safety restrictions. But if you think that simply adding more PE to school is going to have a tremendous impact on getting kids these days to be more active (or lose weight), there’s a growing body of evidence that suggests that it won’t.

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Diet

Obesity Myth: Dieting Is The Best Way To Control Your Weight

Posted November 19, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Here is what we had to say about the third common misconception in our paper published in Canadian Family Medicine: Approximately two-thirds of people who lose weight will regain it within 1 year, and almost all of them will regain it within 5 years. Although dieting (ie, caloric restriction) to lose weight is a difficult […]

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