Friday, May 22, 2015

Child Obesity and TV, 5

Add watching more than 1 hour of TV per day to decreased physical work and play outdoors (compared to half a century ago) and to increased intake of fast foods and sodas and it’s no wonder that the entire world is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. So what can adults do? Shut off the TV except for up to 1 hour of healthy programming. Increase indoor and outdoor physical activity. Since no link was found between use of a computer and unhealthy body weights, encourage appropriate computer usage. There are many brain-stimulating games available on iPads and computers. Play games with the children. It’ll be good for your brain, too. And get serious about role-modeling healthy eating and portion control and staying active. Remember, kids tend to copy what they see you do. And, yes, do dump sodas and sugars and chips…

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