Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/16/2013 -- Numerous studies have been released in the past few years regarding the physical fitness of our youthful population, particularly as the rate of obesity has risen. Because of this, researchers have narrowed their focus and come up with a list of the most important priorities for research into the benefits of physical activity in the younger population.
The CDC and other organizations have all cited regular activity in young people as a step to reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and diabetes, but still it’s been determined that only 29 percent of the younger population follows the recommended guidelines for activity.
Therefore, researchers have begun to shift their priorities from looking into the benefits of activity to looking at how to motivate the population to engage in activity. The top three priorities identified at a summit on the topic included:
- Looking at how to motivate long-term physical activity habits in children and the younger population
- Examining how policies or environmental changes can influence levels of activity
- Longitudinal studies on the independent effects of physical activity vs sedentary behavior on health from birth to middle age development.
By looking into these factors, researchers can produce better quality studies that could potentially lead to changes in policies regarding activity in youth and how to encourage that population sector into action.
The panel also adds that it hopes identifying these priorities will not only produce significant results on how studies and health officials can encourage the youth, but will reduce spending on “over-researched” topics in lieu of providing more valuable evidence for the scientific community as a whole.
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