Evidence exists that sedentary behaviour, in particular video exposition time, is associated with the development and the maintenance of obesity in children. Skeletal muscle activity plays a crucial role in the regulation of nutrient balance, in particular fat balance, so that a reduced physical activity level promotes fat gain. Therefore, a reduction of sedentary promoting activities (TV viewing, video games, etc) and an increase of both programmed and non programmed physical activities has to be emphasized in the prevention and treatment interventions on childhood obesity.
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