[Mise à jour du 11/08/2021]
Sport to counter the harmful effects of screens on the weight of children and teenagers
Posted on July 29, 2021 in Journal of Physical Activity and Health, a scientific study indicates that six hours of physical activity per week at the age of 11 reduces the risk of being overweight at 14 because of too much use of digital tools.
Clearly, spending oneself would compensate for the harmful effects of too much exposure to screens during childhood.
The study involved 4,661 children, who reported the time they spent in front of screens, sedentary, and the time they spent exercising outside of school hours. In children who reported doing less than 6 hours of physical activity per week, intensive use of screens at age 11 was indeed associated with an increased risk of being overweight at age 14. Corn in children doing more than 6 hours of sport per week, such an association was not found. Knowing that the other bias factors (diet, amount of sleep, etc.) have been taken into account.
“A good rule of thumb is to follow the Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents, according to which school-aged children and adolescents should be versatile, fast and intense physically active for at least 60 minutes per day. day in a way that suits the individual, given their age, ”detailed Elina Engberg, co-author of the study, in a communicated. The researcher believes that time spent sedentary should be kept to a minimum. Further research will need to be undertaken to determine in more detail the duration and intensity of physical activity necessary to counter the harmful effects of screens on weight.
Parents: how can you help your child to get away from the screens?
Family stability, affection and play are essential to the happiness and health of the youngest. Screens are not essential. Take a break to refocus your attention on your priorities. It is also the best way to set an example for your children.
All parents want happy children and who are successful. Yet too often we are led to believe that the best way to do this is to add hours of study, sport and practice of all kinds. Results : family life becomes a pressure for everyone. However, according to the American pediatrician Mark Bertin, children need things much simpler to flourish. This is a stable and loving family environment, support from adults, and the ability to test their limits, while discovering their own ability to overcome challenges.
But, in order to develop, children have above all need to play. Play is essential to cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. Unlike free play, video games rely on the imagination of the game creator and promote a type of attention that moves quickly, which makes concentration in the real world more difficult for children. That doesn’t mean we have to stop video games. A balanced approach requires a lifestyle that combines all kinds of mentally engaging activities. As a parent, you can reinforce a variety of activities that include lots of downtime and games.
Screens have become a ubiquitous part of modern life. Adolescents and adults spend there on average nine hours a day between time spent at work or school. These products are carefully developed to create dependency. Children subconsciously reflect the behavior of their parents. If we want them to step away from their screens more often, this change starts with us. Instead, turn off the television and go outside, visit museums, volunteer or socialize with your friends. These habits will increase your own well-being while setting an example for your children.
And if the youngest still have trouble letting go of their screens, management and supervision will be necessary. Mark Bertin suggests taking a break in order to reflect on the time spent in front of the screens by each member of the family, to define the activities you would like to prioritize, and finally refocus your attention on what really matters.