Obese children must exercise to prevent diabetes

Fri, 09 Feb 2007
Children suffering from obesity, a problem that has reached epidemic proportions and could influence as many as one in every three American children born in 2000, should be made to exercise at school, American experts are claiming.

Fitness guru Richard Simmons has urged for a hearing to include exercise as a mandatory part of the new No Child Left Behind Law. The legislation was introduced to make sure all children get equal educations, and it has led to many schools cutting out physical exercise over academic study .

A fresh report from the University of Missouri-Columbia indicates that exercise is an essential part of preventing type 2 diabetes . According to the study, which is published in the American Journal of Physiology, Cell, just 15 minutes of exercise every day could make a big difference.

Professor Thyfault, of the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences' Department of Nutritional Sciences, reportedly commented: "Many people can fight type II diabetes through diet and exercise alone. It is important to ward off diabetes early. Exercise has proven to be effective at all levels. At any stage of type II diabetes, from an obese child to a person dependent for 20 years on insulin injections, exercise could have a dramatic effect on improving insulin sensitivity."
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