In today’s world, being overweight is becoming a huge issue. More people are overweight now than ever before. Obesity rates in Canada alone have tripled in less than 30 years!! Unfortunately this problem often starts in early childhood and is actually allowed by parents. sometimes without them even realizing it is happening.
Children’s weight can be influenced greatly by TV and internet use. I read an article today about 2 different studies that have been done with groups of children who were overweight.
In the first study, they broke the children into 2 groups and gave them a plan for managing their weight and weekly goals. One of the groups was given a game console with active sports games and the other group was give a game console with less active games. At the end of the study, the group that was following the plan and doing the active games had lost some weight.
What the researchers were trying to prove is that children need activity. They were not promoting the use of active video games, however it likely helped the participants adhere to their goals easier.
In the second study, reports were done comparing the weight of children who watched more TV than others. The study revealed that children who have TV in their bedrooms and who watch more TV every day will gain more weight than children who don’t sit and watch as much TV. When people watch TV they tend to snack more and exercise less which contributes greatly to weight gain.
As parents and caregivers, we need to realize that we are hurting our children if we allow them to just sit and watch TV instead of getting up and doing something active. We all know that once we gain weight, it is hard to take it off. So start being a responsible parent and take care of your child’s health. Stop allowing your child to be passive, encourage them to do something active. The best thing you can if you love your child is turn off that TV and limit those video games!!
Here is a link to the complete story. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/children-s-weight-affected-by-bedroom-tvs-active-gaming-1.2558270