Is Too Much Sitting Bad For Children?

Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times Well Blog has shed light on a potential issue. Reynolds writes that “Children who sit too much may face adult-size health consequences,” and it certainly seems that way from her article.

Reynolds reports, “Ali McManus, an associate professor of pediatric exercise physiology at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, and her colleagues decided to ask children to sit still.

In general, today’s children are doing plenty of that. 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 dropped precipitously after about age 8 and continue to fall through adolescence, with young people trading movement for sitting.”

While we have long known about the health issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle in adults, this study is one of the first to properly examine what happens to children when they sit too much. The results of the study, and this blog as a whole are well worth a visit. You can read Gretchen Reynold’s blog post in its entirety HERE.

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