Monday, 11 May 2009

Offsetting Behaviour

From MacDoctor's post Fighting Fat
Some interesting new research shows that increasing exercise regimes at school results in no overall increase in expenditure of energy in children. Essentially, it seems that increasing school activities just reduces the after-school energy levels of children, so that they do less than they already do. So it seems that school exercise programs are unlikely to reduce obesity.


Sean said...

Don't forget that exercise builds up an appettite. The more exercise, the more you eat.

matt b said...

Seriously, when was the last time you saw solid evidence (e.g. an empirical academic study) of a government program having anything like its intended effect? Governments, it seems, simply cannot do much right.