Lack of exercise is not to blame for childhood obesity levels, a new study has suggested, reports the Telegraph.
The research reckons over-eating and bad diets have more of an affect on childhood obesity levels than lack of exercise, as overweight children become less active as they get heavier.
The study looked at 200 schoolchildren between the ages of 7 and 10 over a three-year period. It suggests junk food and over-eating at an early age are to blame, and says there is a very close link between parents and children when it comes to weight. In fact, children are 10 times more likely to be obese by the age of ten if their parents are overweight themselves.
It was also found if children have a body fat 10% higher than the national average at aged 7, in later years they will reduce the amount of time spent doing exercise and activities.
The research concluded that eating levels should be addressed rather than lack of physical exercise when it come to tackling childhood obesity.