Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Three Easy Steps to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Pediatrics has published research on the association of 8550 four year olds in the United States, household routines and the effects on obesity. The researchers concluded that preschoolers who:

  1. eat evening meals as a family at least 5x/week
  2. get at least 10.5 hours of sleep per night
  3. have less than 2 hours of screen time per day

have a 40% lower chance of obesity compared to preschoolers who have been exposed to none of the routines mentioned above.

Need some ideas for kids when you turn off the television? Check out our sensory motor activity books or fine motor activity books.

Read previous post on getting children to fall asleep faster.

Reference: Anderson, Sarah E., Whitaker, Robert C.Household Routines and Obesity in US Preschool-Aged Children Pediatrics 2010 0: peds.2009-0417

1 comment:

therextras said...

I just read a post encouraging PTs to get involved with the First Lady's efforts to reduce childhood obesity program - BUT I can't find it right now! Bummer. If I find it again, I will come back to you with it - so you can go there and guide them back here. This post is just right for succinctly giving useful information.
Barbara