Obesity Risk Factors May Vary By Gender

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Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:25:06 EST

  While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are some gender differences.

 Researchers looked at more than seventeen hundred sixth-grade students. More than thirty-five percent of the boys and more than thirty percent of girls were either overweight or obese.

When looking at the child's habits, researchers found similar obesity predictors. Such as sports-team activity reducing obesity risk in boys by more than twenty percent and milk-drinking reducing a girls obesity rate by nineteen percent.

The study author notes sports may not have shown up as a risk reduction factor for girls as it may have been under reported  for example not considering dancing or cheerleading as a sports activity.

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