What is the role of exercise in the treatment of childhood obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Exercise reduces weight accretion through increases in energy expenditure and has favorable effects on cardiovascular status, decreases body fat and total cholesterol levels, increases lean body mass and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, and improves psychologic well-being. Controlled trials have demonstrated that lifestyle exercise programs, in association with dietary restrictions, provide long-term weight control in children and adolescents.


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