Multisports help beat obesity

Teenagers who participate in multiple sports are less likely to be overweight or obese than teens who didn’t play team sports.

The research is based on a report in Pediatrics journal based on a phone survey of more than 1,700 high school students in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Teenagers who participated in three or more team sports were 39 percent less likely to be obese and 27 percent less likely to be overweight than their nonteam-sport playing peers.

Riding a bike or walking to school reduced a teen’s likelihood of being obese, but not overweight. The researchers also found that participating in physical education didn’t have an impact on a teen’s weight.

The researchers believe that finding ways to increase the opportunities for kids to join sports teams should be a priority in efforts to prevent obesity.

— Alandra Johnson, The Bulletin