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Is It A Problem That Our Kids Are Not Getting Enough Exercise?

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Is It A Problem That Our Kids Are Not Getting Enough Exercise? By Palna Davda 10 years ago, many Parents didn't have to work at getting young children to be active. Most children were constantly in continual motion. But these days even young children are inactive and more dependent upon adults to provide them with different forms of exercise such as sport. Lack of exercise is a major reason for the growing rate of obesity among children. One cause of this is the new modern day technologies which have boomed in this generation and therefore have created 'couch potato' children. Examples of these 'distractions' are computer games and television. Watching TV for even as few as two to five hours per week is linked to being overweight and as a result of this, the percentage of overweight children had doubled in the last 30 years. Dr Aric Sigman, of the British Psychological Society explains that most of the unpleasant health affects recognized that are linked with TV viewing are related to duration of viewing. ...read more.


Children go through several distinct developmental stages. For age specific activities, these are the levels of activity they should partake in: * First 2 Years: 1 1/2 hours of daily exercise. the child should be allowed to be active and explore naturally. The adult should help them develop good eating habits. * 2 to 5 Years: 2 hours of daily exercise. The child should Practice basic skills, such as throwing, kicking, and jumping. 60 minutes of planned exercise and another 60 of free play. * 5 to 8 Years: 1 hour or more of daily exercise. The child should be given loosely structured team sports to have fun, be with friends, and burn off energy. 15 minute breaks should be allowed. * 8 Years and older: 1 hour or more of daily exercise. As the child gets older, the better their physical lifestyle, the easier it would be for them to keep an active routine maintained. ...read more.


This problem could also lead to overgrowth of the leg bones or other abnormalities in bone development. * Sleep apnoea: A condition where normal breathing pattern is disturbed during sleep. This affects the amount of sleep the child has which as a result, effects their concentration at school. This condition affects 7 percent of overweight kids. BUPA's (The British United Provident Association is a global health and care organisation) assistant medical director Dr. Paula Franklin says: "With the growing problems of childhood and adult obesity in Britain it is vital that we inspire young people to exercise regularly and eat healthily. Research also suggests that regular exercise affects overall well-being and can even have a positive impact on academic grades." In conclusion, yes it is a problem that our children aren't enough exercise due to all the health problems they could face in the future. Daily exercise has many positive factors which is why adults should encourage physical activities such as sport as much as possible, especially because of all the modern day unhealthy distractions that children face. ...read more.

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