New studies show that exercise is not enough to prevent overweight college football players from developing heart conditions. Linemen at Division I colleges were studied and 2/3 of them were found to be obese, while 42% suffered from metabolic syndrome. Dr. James R. Borchers recently stated in a report from the American College of Sports Medicine†that, “these findings are consistent with a recent study showing retired NFL linemen were twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome as players of other positions”.
About 90 football players were analyzed for their weight, blood pressure and insulin level; 8% were reported as overweight and 21% were reported as obese—all of whom were linemen.
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