Study: Better habits means healthier teens

Posted at: 09/16/2013 1:58 PM
Updated at: 09/16/2013 2:19 PM
By: Erika Edwards, NBC News

(NBC News) -- A new study finds teenagers are exercising more and eating better, and those healthier choices are paying off.

Dr. Ronald Iannotti and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health looked at data on thousands of teens between 2001 and 2010.

They found previously rising rates of body mass index began to stabilize in 2006.

The study found teens are exercising more, and though they fall short of the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, they're eating better as well.

Doctors say the result should be healthier adults with a lowered risk for obesity and heart disease.