May 7, 2009 --
Do you have a super-active child or a couch potato? Whatever the case, there may not be much a parent can do. A study presented at the European Congress on Obesity claims children are born with a kind of internal monitor that dictates activity levels. It is this set-point and not the environment that determines if a child is active or sluggish.
The same report also claims increasing physical activity at school doesn't mean children will be more active at home. In fact, just opposite may be true.
The results suggest children who exercise at school may compensate by being less active at home.