Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - According to a new study, sports and other after-school activities don’t do as much as you might think.
Researchers looked at 30 studies of exercise involving more than 14,000 children ages 16 and younger.
They found that physical activity programs provide only a very limited effect on reducing body fat or body-mass index.
They say those programs tend to replace other after-school activities, not add to them. So the overall activity is not enough to improve their weight.
There are, however, benefits such as improved coordination, greater self confidence, and social inclusion.