Sedentary Kids, High Cholesterol In Adults?
A recent investigation from researchers at the University of Exeter, University of Eastern Finland, and University of Bristol found that sedentary time during childhood can significantly influence cholesterol levels in adulthood, potentially contributing to heart issues and premature death. But there’s good news, too: The team also found that engaging in light physical activity could reverse these risks and is even more effective than moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
Specifically, data taken and analyzed from a long-term study of 792 children aged 11 who were followed until they were 24, found that accumulating sedentary time from childhood could increase cholesterol levels by 67 percent by the mid-20s. However, the researchers also determined that light physical activity (such as long walks, house chores, or dancing) was associated with a considerable decrease in total cholesterol over time, while engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity showed a positive, but less pronounced effect.