Active teens are healthy teens, but some kinds of activities may be better than others.
New research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics suggests that team sports may be better at keeping kids’ weight down than biking or walking to school.
Study authors from Dartmouth College looked at the influence sports, physical education and commuting to school had on adolescents and their weight.
Investigators surveyed more than 1,700 high school students by phone and asked them how much they participated in team sports, what other forms of physical activity they were involved in and their height and weight.
The study found those kids who played on three or more sports teams in a year, were 27% less likely to be overweight, and 39% less likely to be obese than those teens who did not play team sports. They also found biking or walking to school had less of an effect on a student’s weight – although it did reduce their likelihood of being obese.
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the original article from CNN Money, written by Val Wadas-Willingham