• How can exercise help my kids sleep better?
    • How can exercise help my kids sleep better?

      Posted on July 28, 2015

      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • Computer games blamed for increased aggression among pupils

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 5, 2012

    The annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers will hear how teachers believe that computer games are the main factor for increased aggression among young pupils. Teachers will speak out to inform the ATL members that kids who are only four years old in some cases, are mimicking “graphic scenes” from games which are meant for much older children, or adults.

    One problem is that children arrive at school too tired to concentrate after playing computer or video games at unsuitable times at night, according to Nick Gibb, schools minister. Alison Sherratt, a teacher from Bradford spoke of children in her reception class re-enacting scenes from a computer game, which depicts bodies with blood spurting from them. Sherratt also pointed out that aggression among kids appeared to have increased recently.

    According to Ms Sherratt, out of her classroom of 27 children, most have access to or own a computer, PlayStation, Nintendo or Wii and play the computer games unsupervised. She added:

    “Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives-these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games.”

    As the UK rates of childhood obesity are increasing, a number of experts believe that outdoor play and exercise is preferable to playing computer and video games indoors. An alternative view of children who play computer games came from Ian Livingstone of Square Enix games manufacturer. He stated that the opinions given were stereotypical, and that video games can’t all be compared to a small number that display violence. However, Nick Gibb, schools minister did counter that children who arrive at school too tired to concentrate as a result of playing video games did present problems for teaching staff. He said:

    “The societal problems that these schools have to face are much greater today… but the best way to tackle this is to make sure children are leaving well educated.”

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