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    • 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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  • TV ban in nursery to fight child obesity

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 7, 2012

    A project funded by the European Commission to fight against child obesity, has recommended that televisions be removed from nursery and also from bedrooms at home. The project involves nine countries, including the UK to “develop and test an innovative and evidence based obesity prevention programme for children aged four to six years”.

    The project has been commissioned as fears that obesity levels in pre-school children are increasing. According to a recent survey, obesity among children who are pre-school age has soared to alarming levels. In Spain, almost 40 percent of girls who are pre-school age are either obese or overweight. More than 20 percent of UK children start school either classed as overweight or obese.

    The co-ordinator of the project, Yannis Manios from Athens believes that there is a distinct link between sedentary activities like watching TV and becoming overweight. The study also indicates that children of pre-school age will be more likely to join in physical activities and become active than older children who are harder to influence. However, exposure to food and drinks which are full of sugar is also a problem, as humans are naturally attracted to the sweet taste of these food and drink products, leading to obesity problems.

    Professor Manios advises parents to remove televisions from kid’s bedrooms and not to have lots of unhealthy snacks in the cupboards. He said:

    “Parents should also remember that their role is not only to provide healthy food and drink options but to act as a role model themselves, since kids are copying their behaviours.”

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