Home Health Parents News Now Organized Sports Found to Help Teens Manage Weight Organized Sports Found to Help Teens Manage Weight By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 23, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_102593054 29777 Though the spread of childhood obesity in the last decade has spurred health authorities to ramp up their efforts to promote youth activity, the new findings are among the first to demonstrate that walking or riding a bike to school actually has an impact on weight gain among high school students. The study also found that while school-based exercise can reduce or stem weight gain, it is sports participation in particular that makes a difference. Physical education classes, the researchers found, did not reduce or prevent weight gain, likely because they do not offer students the same level of regular, challenging exercise as competitive sports. "I think being a part of some kind of team or organization gives kids the opportunity to have moderate to vigorous activity consistently," said Keith M. Drake, an author of the study and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hood Center for Children and Families at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. "I think a lot of time physical education requirements are not that strict. Kids are not in P.E. that often, and when they are, the physical activity is not that strenuous." Image: High school athletes, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Organized Sports Found to Help Teens Manage Weight Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.