Many children now are becoming less active because of the rise of technology. It’s either they watch TV or play their gaming tablets the whole day. In Canada, more children are unhealthy. According to Canada’s Public Health Office, only 1 in 10 children and youth met the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. A huge percentage of children and teenagers are having a sedentary lifestyle.
We should all be aware that a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy. According to the Center for Disease Control, an individual should have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise. In the world, 85% of the population does not engage in physical activities, based on the report of the World Health Organization.
As a parent, it is your primary responsibility to be educated on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle in children.
Sudden changes in mood
Children who are most of the time inactive experience sudden changes in their behavior. According to a study conducted in Australia, individuals who sit all day at home, school, or work were 90% more likely to experience psychological distress. Further, BMC Public Health suggests that sedentary behavior like watching TV or playing games can increase anxiety.
Increases risk of cancer
Based on a German study, four million people are at high risk of several types of cancer due to sedentary behavior. Individuals, children and adults alike who love to sit all the time may experience a 24% higher risk of developing colon cancer, 32% of endometrial cancer, and 21% of lung cancer.
The number of overweight children in Canada has tripled in the last 30 years. The increase in childhood obesity can be attributed to children’s sedentary lifestyle and lack of nutrition. Sedentary behaviors include television viewing, video game playing, and computer use. Obesity can lead to various health problems, including heart diseases and diabetes.
Experiences musculoskeletal problems
When you have a sedentary lifestyle, your body has less movement. This means your bones, muscles, and joints are not exercised. This will increase your children’s risk of developing musculoskeletal problems. Your children may experience problems in their back, spine, neck, and lower extremities.
Develops venous disorders
Prolonged sitting and standing can lead to vein problems. It restricts the proper blood flow in the body, especially in the lower parts. If there is lack of proper blood circulation in the body, the veins will weaken and will stop working properly. This is called venous insufficiency which will lead to varicose veins and even worse medical conditions like Pulmonary Embolism.
Weakens brain function
Studies suggest that prolonged sitting discourages the proper flow of ideas in children. That’s why educational organizations promote an interactive way of learning in school. Instead of just sitting while listening to the lecture, they should be engaged in group activities, fun programs, etc. Furthermore, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the common causes of dementia in adult people.
How do you prevent your children from having a sedentary lifestyle?