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Low family income predicts poor fitness, obesity risk

Children from low-income families tend to be less physically fit and at higher risk of than children from higher-income families, a study finds. The association persists regardless of race or ethnicity.

The study analysed data from 1.6 million fifth-, seventh-, and ninth-grade who took a test from 2010 through 2012. Researchers tested whether was associated with level or obesity prevalence. Fitness scores were measured on a scale from 0 (least healthy) to 6 (most healthy). Researchers found that the average fitness score was 4.45. The prevalence of obesity was 20.3 percent, and 56 percent of children were classified as having a low family income.

“This information is relevant for targeting policies and programs aimed at improving the fitness levels and decreasing the obesity risk of children,” the researchers conclude.

Research: Associations Between Family Income and Children’s Physical Fitness and Obesity in California, 2010-2012, Jessica C. Jones-Smith, PhD, MPH, RD, Preventing Chronic Disease, published 12 February 2015.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)