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Inactive Kids Face 6-fold Risk Of Heart Disease By Teen Years, Study Finds

Original post made by julie, Midtown, on Apr 8, 2008



Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are five-to-six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with that degree of danger emerging as early as their teenage years, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Posted by joel
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm



University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that older adolescents who have a bedroom television are less likely to engage in healthy activities such as exercising, eating fruits or vegetables, and enjoying family meals.

They also consumed larger quantities of sweetened beverages and fast food, were categorized as heavy TV watchers, and read or studied less than teens without TVs in their bedrooms.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents remove television sets from their children's bedrooms.

Despite this recommendation, almost two-thirds of our sample had a bedroom TV, which appears to be a factor for less than optimal behavior," said Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., first author of the study.



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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm

These studies tell us exactly what many of us knew anyway.

The type of parents who eat snacks in front of the tv produce kids who watch tv while eating. The type of parents who have tv in the bedroom produce kids who also watch tv in the bedroom

Kids typically mirror their parents eating and exercise behavior. If you eat healthy and at mealtimes as a family, not allowing food in bedrooms or tv, then the kids are going to be eating better. If you encourage them to walk or ride bikes to where they are going and to do sports and have more exercise and less tv in their lives, because that is your family lifestyle, then they will keep it up.

Yes, teenagers and to some extent younger kids, are influenced in these areas by peers, but the best they get is from parents and it is important to start young and be consistent.

If you have unhealthy habits, get rid of them quick before they become unhealthy habits for your kids.


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