In this generation, children are playing with iPads, iPhones, tablets and the latest video game on the store shelves. According to one Canadian researcher, this technology is leading to obesity in children.
Dr. Jean-Phillippe Chaput, a researcher for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, one-third of Canadian children are either obese or overweight.
Before handheld devices, children spent time hanging out with their friends, playing road hockey or jump rope outside in the front yard.
Dr. Chaput blames the parenting.
“I don’t think it’s the children’s fault. Society created this environment where it’s too easy for people to eat and not move enough,” according to Dr. Chaput.
CBC medical contributor Dr. Karl Kabasele says the lack of exercise in children helps calories develop faster, contributing to weight gain.
“Kids are playing video games, watching TV, not getting out and exercising. Processed foods have kind of created this environment where it’s so easy to get calories,” Dr. Kabasele said in an interview with CBC. “All of these factors are kind of conspiring against children despite our best efforts.”
The more children stay indoors, the more they eat. This causes them to become overweight. According to the World Health Organization, between 2009 and 2011, 31.5 per cent of five to 17-year-olds were considered overweight. This means 1.6 million Canadians. The World Health Organization says obesity in children is a public health concern.
Parents need to ensure their children are getting enough exercise every day to maintain a healthy body weight. Being outdoors is the best way for kids to get their daily dose of exercise and fresh air. It’s good for them. Keep them away from technology.