Ac­tive Par­ent In­volve­ment May Cut Obe­sity Risk In Kids

Fiji Sun - - Spectrum -

Wor­ried about the un­healthy life­style of your kids? If yes, take heart. A new study says par­ents who di­rectly and ac­tively en­gage with their chil­dren are likely to pro­mote healthy liv­ing that in­cludes phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, healthy eat­ing, and less seden­tary time — im­por­tant be­havioural de­ter­mi­nants of child­hood overweight and obe­sity. “The study shows that sim­ple en­cour­age­ment is not enough — ac­tive parental sup­port is essential,” said Heather Man­son, chief of health pro­mo­tion (chronic dis­ease and in­jury preven­tion) at Pub­lic Health On­tario (PHO), in Canada. Overweight and obese in­di­vid­u­als are at an increased risk of chronic con­di­tions like car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, Type II di­a­betes, can­cer in adult­hood, and ul­ti­mately an increased risk of pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity. Im­prov­ing par­ent sup­port be­hav­iours could be ef­fec­tive in mit­i­gat­ing the bur­den of ex­cess body weight in child­hood, the re­searchers said. The find­ings showed that chil­dren whose par­ents took them to parks, play­grounds or sports pro­grammes were twice as likely to be phys­i­cally ac­tive. Chil­dren whose par­ents took part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity along with them were 35 per cent more likely to meet phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines. Fur­ther, chil­dren whose par­ents served raw fruits and veg­eta­bles as snacks, be­tween meals, were al­most five times more likely to de­velop healthy eat­ing be­hav­iour. In ad­di­tion, chil­dren whose par­ents ate meals reg­u­larly with their fam­ily and were away from the tele­vi­sion were 67 per cent more likely to eat healthy foods like fruits and green veg­eta­bles. Chil­dren whose par­ents en­forced rules about their kids’ time be­fore the screen were twice as likely not to de­velop seden­tary be­hav­iour. The study also found that chil­dren were more likely to de­velop seden­tary be­hav­iours if fam­i­lies watch TV to­gether or if there were sev­eral TVs in the house, the re­searchers con­cluded, in the pa­per ap­pear­ing in the jour­nal BMC

Pub­lic Health.

In­dian Ex­press Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj Overweight and obese in­di­vid­u­als are at an increased risk of chronic con­di­tions like car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, Type II di­a­betes, can­cer in adult­hood, and ul­ti­mately an increased risk of pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity.

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