Study: Half LA school kids weigh too much

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) - A new study indicates almost one-third of Louisiana's school children may be obese. Another 20 percent is considered overweight.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette studied records of about 14,300 children St. Martin, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Ouachita and Sabine parishes.

The pilot study by the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning classified 47 percent as healthy, 32 percent as obese, 20 percent as overweight and 1 percent as underweight.

It looked at body mass index, strength, endurance, flexibility and aerobic capacity.

Lana Fontenot of the Picard Center said researchers will assess another 20,000-plus students this spring in districts including Lafayette, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana and St. Mary.

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