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The Sedentary Problem

Posted on Jan 3, 20

Kids and teens are sitting around a lot more than they used to. They spend hours every day in front of a screen (TVs, smartphones, tablets, and other devices) looking at a variety of media (TV shows, videos, movies, games). Too much screen time and not enough physical activity add to the problem of childhood obesity. One of the best ways to get kids to be more active is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV or other screens. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents: -Put limits on the time spent using media, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being active. -Limit screen time to 1 hour a day or less for children 2 to 5 years old. -Discourage any screen time, except video-chatting, for kids younger than 18 months. -Choose high-quality programming and watch it with your kids to help them understand what they’re seeing. -Keep TVs, computers, and video games out of children’s bedrooms.
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