Physical activity to prevent obesity in young childrenBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39045.484167.FA (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1171
BMI in the BMJ
- Daniel J Green (email@example.com),
- Tim Cable, professor
- 1Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 2ET
Reilly et al entitle their article, “Physical activity to prevent obesity …” and conclude, “Alternative interventions [to physical activity] to prevent obesity in young children are required.”1 The emphasis on a lack of impact of physical activity on obesity is unfortunate for four reasons.
Firstly, the independent variable was not successfully manipulated: the intervention failed to generate differences in physical activity or sedentary behaviour between groups. Why would one expect a “physical activity intervention” which has no impact on physical activity to alter energy balance or “obesity”? …