The University of Colorado in Denver is reporting a surprising result to many. This upshot is not so astonishing to home educators who have great control over nutritional food value and activities. Many of those families hit the trails and the great outdoors for exploration.
Home Schooled Children Leaner Than Traditionally Schooled Kids
Study results surprise researchers By Erika Matich
The study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, claim that home schooled kids are leaner than traditionally schooled kids. The study focused on 7-12-year olds. The researchers collected information on their diet and also monitored their physical activity and measured their body fat.
“Based on previous research, we went into this study thinking home-schooled children would be heavier and less active than kids attending traditional schools,” Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD, the study’s lead author, said in a press statement. “We found the opposite.”
The researcher concludes the problem was likely school lunches. School children bringing in sack lunches weren’t included in this study. They applaud the new nutritional guidelines, but getting the kids to eat the lunches seems to be a problem.
“We applaud the new school meal guidelines and efforts to give kids healthy options at school,” Cardel said. “We don’t know if we would have seen these same results if we had included children who brought their lunch to school. We think these differences may reflect the uniqueness of the home environment in home-school families but future research is needed to know for sure.”
The study was published in the journal Obesity.