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Key Activities and Obesity

Three strategies reduce risk for childhood obesity

The results of a new nation-wide study show that preschool-aged children are likely to have a lower risk for obesity if they regularly engage in one or more of three specific activities: eating dinner with the family, getting adequate sleep and limiting their weekday TV viewing time. The study is scheduled for publication in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics.

In a large sample of the U.S. population, Ohio State University researchers found that 4-year-olds living in homes with all three routines had an almost 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity than children who lived in homes that practiced none of these routines.

The researchers found that in households practicing none of these routines, adopting just one could lower a child’s risk of becoming obese, and implementing two or three of the routines was more protective than just one.

Not only do these strategies help reduce the risk of obesity in children, they also benefit their overall health and happiness.


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