“Watching Less TV, Being More Active and Sleeping More Is Linked to a Healthy Body Weight in Young Children,” a multinational European investigation into the connection between early lifestyle habits and body weight, suggest that a common sense approach to staying healthy still works best for most kids .
Medical researchers from all over the world gathered in Madrid late last year at the 11th annual European Nutrition Conference in order to discuss the final results of the five year-long Identification and prevention of lifestyle and Diet induced health Effects In Children and infants (IDEFICS) study.
What was their overall conclusion? Increased physical activity, reduced time in front of television and computer screens, and getting a better night’s sleep, were the most important steps parents could take to ensure their children maintained a normal healthy body weight.
Altogether the IDEFICS program surveyed more than 16,000 European children between the ages of two and nine years. Emphasis during this initial investigation was placed on health factors directly related to excess body mass. The idea is to use this initial data set, along with future follow-up surveys, to eventually develop a new series of standardized European guidelines for protecting children’s health.
Making sure that kids get a good night’s rest, along with a healthy, well-balanced organic diet, plenty of pure water, and exercise is the most natural way to ensure they have the energy and stamina to stay physically and mentally engaged in their day-to-day surroundings, and are able to enjoy their young lives to the fullest.
One way, or another, they’re going to be developing diet and lifestyle habits that they will carry with them into adulthood. Making sure that it’s the right habits is one of the single most important things any parent can do for their children.
- EUFIC – European Food Information Council. Watching less TV, being more active and sleeping more is linked to a healthy body weight in young children. ScienceDaily, 31 Dec. 1969.