Scientists from the
The study, published in a recent issue of the British medical journal The Lancet, concluded that the preschoolers:
• Burned about 1,300 calories per day (instead of the recommended 1,500 calories per day);
• Were physically active – moderate to vigorous activity, such as running, walking fast or active outside play – for just 20 minutes a day (much less than the recommended 60 minutes per day for that age group).
The scientists determined that the preschoolers weren’t really over-eating – which could have explained the fewer calories burned. Lead researcher John Reilly, a physiologist at the
TV/VCR to Blame
He blamed caregivers’ reliance on television and recorded videos for keeping preschoolers much more sedentary than in the past. Young children didn’t watch as much television then, using their imaginations and their bodies to amuse themselves instead.
While the study involved children from the
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