New study looks at weight in teen girls
BATON ROUGE - New research from Pennington Biomedical Research Center revealed more information about teen obesity, and who's hit hardest by it in Louisiana.
Adults in Louisiana lead the nation in obesity rates and teens aren't far behind. The Center for Disease Control says Louisiana ranks first in the number of high school students considered overweight and fourth in overall obesity.
Among teens, researchers at Pennington say they've found African-American girls are most likely to become obese. They said those who don't stay active in traditional sports typically also don't have the opportunity of picking up other physically demanding activities.
"So we find that once a girl is 14 or 15 years old a lot of them are no longer getting chosen for the competitive sports teams," said Dr. Amanda Staiano, a Pennington Research fellow. "So we need to start looking at more options that are fun, that wont be as competitive, that might be a little bit more friendly and cooperative."
Pennington's study will track several teen girls' weight for 12 weeks. Those in the study will also dance for one hour, three times a week, as they play a video game using the Xbox Kinect, a motion controller which tracks their movement.
"I know what it's like to feel not comfortable with yourself and not wanting to participate in PE. because you're bigger," said Aaliyah Newton, a 16-year-old who wants to apply what's found in the study at her school. "It's fun and you don't worry about how you look when you're dancing, so it's a different setting and it's not just about fun, but you can feel more confident while you're doing this dance so you can do it better and get more of an exercise in."
Pennington says the program results will come out this summer. For information on how to sign up visit the Klub Kinect website.
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