Tuesday, September 22, 2015

8 reasons children should un-sit their lives

The more the sitting time, especially television watching time, the increased likelihood for children to have:
1. increased weight / Body Mass Index as active time is replaced by TV time and there is more opportunity to eat more calories and, as studies show, food of poor nutritional quality
2. decreased fitness 
3. lowered scores for self-esteem and pro-social behavior 
4. decreased academic achievement 
5. less healthy eating patterns that continue after TV watching  time as children’s eating preferences are influenced by ads for high calorie, poor nutrition foods and drinks and parents are pestered into buying them
6. poor biomarkers that in adulthood may significantly increase the risk of major chronic diseases particularly type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and colon cancer
7. potential for foot problems for children with excessive weight
8. poor established sitting habits and TV watching/snacking habits that carry into adulthood.

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