Discussion With a Peer
Observing a friends child who is growing up with modern technology I found that he is much larger than children in my day. (revealing my age 😊)
Over recent years research (mostly conducted on children) has shown that the children who spend the most time in front of the TV tend to have weight control issues. The reasons for this are simple:
If they’re in front of the TV they’re certainly not going to be outdoors or doing physical activity which means they’re using less energy during the day.
TV time also tends to become snack time. Snacks tend to be crisps, biscuits and other readily available low quality foods. So it’s not necessarily the TV to blame but the other behaviours that tend to come with it and the reduction in physical activity that could have been happening instead. These same effects occur in many adults without them even realising. So how do we fix this?
1. Both adults and children should begin by spending 15-30 minutes less in front of the TV per day and use this time to do something physical (even a light walk will suffice!).
2. The time spent away from the TV should gradually be built up whilst simultaneously trying to correct the other factors causing snacking and poor food choice.
3. Once the other factors have been introduced more TV time can steadily be reintroduced.
Oh and the same goes for XBOX, PS4, iPads and anything else with the power to turn people into zombies. Give it a try, you might be surprised with the results.
I have suggested this to my friend by pointing out that her child needs to get out and play to prevent unnecessary doctor visits because the child gets ill.