By Frank Vascellaro

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Taking part in sports may not be enough to keep young people from being overweight, according to a University of Minnesota study.

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The study shows nearly half of overweight kids, ages 12 to 17, also take part in organized physical activities.

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The researchers say they’re findings show activity alone may not be enough to combat obesity.

They say the problem is what they call the high-calorie culture in youth sports.

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Researchers blame snacks during games, sugary drinks, concession stands at games, and post-game fast food trips. They say all that junk food counteracts the physical activity.

Frank Vascellaro