This info kind of goes without saying but it is important to keep the kids active, even if they love video games. We have run into this very issue at home where my daughter does not care much about video games and TV but my son certainly does and we always go out and exercise as a family to make up for it.
Children who regularly exercise and limit their time in front of the TV and computer are much less likely to be over than their peers, a new study suggests.
How Much TV and Screen Time for Kids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children devote no more than two hours per day to watching TV and playing video games.
Experts also encourage children to exercise regularly; some groups, including the AAP, recommend that boys move enough to take 13,000 steps each day, while girls should strive for 11,000. Another common recommendation is for children and teenagers to get at least one hour of moderate exercise on most, if not all, days of the week.
For the new study, researchers at Iowa State University in Ames looked at whether there were differences between children who met or did not meet recommendations for “screen time” and exercise.
They found that among 709 7- to 12-year-olds, those who did not meet either recommendation were three to four times more likely to be over than their peers who met both guidelines.
The findings are published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Since the study compared groups of children at one point in time, it does not prove that following exercise and screen-time recommendations keeps children at a healthy , according to lead researcher Dr. Kelly R. Laurson.
However, the findings do show that screen time and exercise are each independently associated with the odds of a child being over, explained Laurson, who is now with Illinois State University in Normal.