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Sitting Is Bad for Children, Too

We’ve been hearing a lot about the health consequences of today’s sedentary culture, but a new study indicates that sitting is harmful not just for adults but for kids as well.

There is strong evidence that prolonged sitting in adults can lead to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and other conditions, including premature death.

But a recent study of young girls discovered that “after a single session of prolonged inactivity, the children developed changes in their blood flow and arteries that, in grown-ups, would signal the start of serious cardiovascular problems.”

Children are sitting more and more and for longer periods of time. “One recent large-scale epidemiological study reported that children across the globe sit for about 8.5 hours every day. Another recent study found that activity levels among children drop precipitously after about age 8 and continue to fall through adolescence, with young people trading movement for sitting.” Read more.

So, encourage your children to stand up, move around, walk, run and play. And set a good example by being active yourself. Build physical activity into your everyday life and your children will thank you some day.

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