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Controversial report claims that exercise has no effect on kids’ obesity levels exercise ‘no answer’ to obesity


Lack of exercise is not a major cause of childhood obesity, according to an 11-year study into child health. The research, conducted among more


than 200 children in Plymouth, did fi nd that obese children are inactive – but claims that the inactivity is the result of the weight problems, not a cause. The study, by the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, looked into whether physical activity among children precedes changes in fatness over time, or whether the fatness of children precedes changes in physical activity over time. In its conclusion, the report states: “It


is well known that less active children are fatter, but that does not mean – as


most people assume it does – that inactivity leads to fatness. Physical activity had no impact on weight change, but weight clearly led to less activity. “The implications are profound


for public health policy, because the physical activity of children (crucial to their fi tness and wellbeing) may never improve unless the burgeoning levels of childhood obesity are fi rst checked. “If this cannot be achieved through


physical activity, the focus therefore has to be on what – and how much – children consume.” The fi ndings were published in the


Archives of Diseases in Childhood journal in June of this year.


FUSION LIFESTYLE TO OPERATE ENFIELD FACILITIES Fusion will also take over


Four leisure centres in Enfi eld, north London, are set to benefi t from nearly £9m-worth of improvements over the next three years after Fusion Lifestyle was appointed to run the local council-owned facilities. A total of seven sites will be


operated by Fusion on behalf of Enfi eld Council, with the four venues earmarked for improvement being Albany Leisure Centre, Southbury Leisure Centre, Southgate Leisure Centre and Edmonton Leisure Centre.


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responsibility for Arnos Pool, Aspire Sports and Fitness Centre and Bramley Bowls Centre after securing an agreement with the local authority. The deal extends the trust’s London and south-east portfolio to 45 sites. Enfi eld Council cabinet member


for young people, leisure, culture and the Olympics, Bambos Charalambous, says: “Fusion demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent service that improves facilities but reduces costs.”


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