Strength training could be key in the childhood obesity fight.

ISE’s Helen Collins alongside colleagues at ISE and the University of Edinburgh has found that strength-based exercise could play a key role in tackling childhood obesity. Taking part in exercises that cause muscles to contract, and strengthen muscles and bones, was found to reduce children’s body fat levels. The effects were small but meaningful, prompting calls for further research to investigate how resistance training could treat and prevent the growing issue of child obesity.

"Treatment, and more importantly, prevention, of childhood obesity is a growing concern. Our findings highlight the need for more robust research into the role strength-based exercises can play in helping everyone make healthy life choices and be more physically active.”

Helen is currently researching the effects of strength-based exercise and is looking for children between the ages of 8-10 years-old to take part. For more information, here is Helen speaking about the ‘Active Strength’ study: