A significant Government study that kept a track on 4,600 students through three years of middle school in Texas and throughout the nation was able to find that improvements brought in the cafeteria, the gym and the health programs, led to lower obesity rates amongst those running at highest risk of developing diabetes, researchers said on Sunday.
Organizers said that the HEALTHY study is the foremost large study that depicts how the changes in middle school can have positive impact on obesity in a high-risk group of both boys and girls.
However, all of the information that this news brought was not good. The program did not reduce general rates of both overweight and obesity amongst all the kids, which was its original purpose.
The program was as well quite expensive, with each participating school getting thousands of Dollars for an added PE apparatus and cafeteria food.
Schools that have financial crunch may have to face trouble putting such a program in place with no extra funds available at their ends.
Still, specialists said that results of the reading, presented on Sunday at the American Diabetes Association scientific meeting in Orlando and published online at the same time by the New England Journal of Medicine, offered few hopes in a fight to overturn the pandemic of childhood obesity.