• 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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  • Kids show signs of heart disease aged nine

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on May 15, 2011

    Research has shown that an increased level of physical activity as a child can help to prevent heart disease later in life. A study carried out by a team of researchers in Malmo, Sweden found chemicals in the blood of children who don’t take any physical exercise, which are a clear indication of the early stages of heart disease. The weight of the child didn’t make any difference, with thin children being affected too.

    The research was carried out on a group of 300 children, aged nine or ten years old. Tests were performed which included scanning the hearts using an ECG machine, and taking blood samples. Movement was recorded using an accelerometer, which each child wore.

    Although heart disease is commonly associated with excess weight gain, researchers decided to look at whether there was a link between heart disease and a sedentary lifestyle. The research team in Sweden say that the results of the tests are a clear indication of a link between inactivity and heart disease risk factors in young children, no matter what their size.

    The doctors recommend a minimum of 20 minutes activity each day, with an hour of physical activity being preferable. Modern lifestyles mean that many children get a lift to school and play indoors on video games, rather than play outdoors with friends. Parents worry about their child’s safety, and take them to school in the car, while modern computer games have replaced many of the active games such as skipping, football and other games.

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