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Exercise Reduces Obesity in Adolescents! (and Other Studies I'd Like to See)

A new study is hitting the stands in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics, and you may want to sit down for this one, because apparently according to this study, participating in at least two sports during the year reduces obesity in teenagers. Also, it looks like biking or walking to school instead of being driven there goes a long way towards preventing obesity as well.

No joke: that is great news. But is it not news that we file under a big heaping of DUH? Come on. Who is surprised that exercise, whether it’s in commenting or recreational sport, reduces obesity. But maybe I’m not being fair. Maybe I’ve been blessed with incredible medical insight and others are not so lucky. It is with these people in mind, that I’d like to propose some studies ripe for research.

Click through for some award-winning hypotheses I have. And then let’s start working on the funding for our research.

 



  • Does Not Starting to Smoke Reduce the Risk of Nicotine Addiction 1 of 5
    Does Not Starting to Smoke Reduce the Risk of Nicotine Addiction
    I have this thought that kids who don't start smoking are less likely to become addicted to cigarettes. I know it's way out there, but I'd like to have a study explore it.
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • Playing Video Games All Day Interferes with Getting Stuff Done 2 of 5
    Playing Video Games All Day Interferes with Getting Stuff Done
    My son is convinced that I'm making stuff up when I say that if he's gaming all day long, he's missing out on doing other things, so I'd really appreciate if some scientists would get on this.
    Photo Credit: Get the Wii Console from Amazon for $220!
  • Same Sex Couples Have Very Low Pregnancy Rates 3 of 5
    Same Sex Couples Have Very Low Pregnancy Rates
    I know what you're thinking: enough with the stereotypes already, it's 2012, but I think there's something to this. Worth looking into perhaps?
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Kids Not Drinking Alcohol Greatly Reduces Underage Drinking 4 of 5
    Kids Not Drinking Alcohol Greatly Reduces Underage Drinking
    I know it seems almost too good to be true. That's why we need to throw some science behind this.
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • Sometimes Moms Like to Be Away from Their Children 5 of 5
    Sometimes Moms Like to Be Away from Their Children
    I don't know if there's a researcher brave enough to tackle this or if it's even possible to get data on this or if it's possible to get hard data on this, but I smell a Nobel for anyone who can prove this hypothesis.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

For more of Marinka, visit her personal blog Motherhood in NYC and The Mouthy Housewives, where she doles out advice as though it were candy. Mmm … candy. Also, follow her on Twitter, where she never refers to herself in the third person, but does have a potty mouth. Sorry!

Photo credit: Morguefile

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