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Children get fat after school

After school, children get fat. Scientists at the University of Mainz have examined the age at which children tend to develop overweight and found that schooling apparently forms a deadline. However, the cause is still unclear to the researchers.

The research team led by the Mainz sports medicine professor Perikles Simon has used the data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which was collected as part of the 2003-2006 study "Health of Children and Adolescents in Germany", to demonstrate that many children are short The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (JGU) recently announced that when they started school, they were supported by the Department of Cognition and Perception at the University of Tübingen.

Number of overweight children increases massively after school enrollment To analyze the data, the researchers used a method introduced by the Tübingen cognitive psychologist Rolf Ulrich, "which, in contrast to the typical data analyzes in age groups, enables a more objective assessment of when exactly major changes in data records can be found" , reports the JGU. This method had shown "that the maximum increase in overweight children in Germany is quite limited around the age of 7.2 years." While only ten percent of children were overweight at the age of five, this applies from an age of eight years ago to 20 percent of German children.

Share of overweight children in under five year olds decreased In comparison to the number of overweight children 20 years ago, little has changed among five year olds, according to the researchers. The proportion of overweight people in this age group is still ten percent. In the first five years of life, it can even be said that children are slightly lighter today than they were 20 years ago, according to the University of Mainz. From the age of five, "followed by three years, in which, in contrast to an international and a German comparison population of that time, we suddenly found a significant increase in overweight," explained Sascha Hoffmann from the Institute for Sports Science at JGU. This rate of overweight people remains relatively constant through puberty until they reach the age of majority.

Important findings for combating obesity According to the researchers, their findings provide "important starting points for combating progressive obesity in Germany." In the coming years, they now want to examine in more detail the effects of school enrollment on the weight of children. However, study leader Prof. Perikles Simon warns of hasty conclusions, which "suspect the reasons for the weight increase, particularly in everyday school life." The sports doctor emphasized that "our children were enrolled 20 years ago and still come into a similar school environment today" . Nevertheless, there was previously no "rapid increase in obesity," continued Prof. Simon. The researchers therefore assume “a fairly complex interplay of several factors, which are probably predominantly to be found in the home environment of the children.” Presumably, the foundations for the massive increase in the proportion of overweight people after school start are laid in kindergarten age. In order to investigate this further, according to the JGU, “a basic data collection has already been carried out in 35 nursery schools in Mainz. "(Fp)

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