Published on 16/03/2015
Children who live a sedentary life when younger are more likely to become a couch potato during their adult life, research suggests.
A sedentry lifestyle can lead to obesity
A study researched the TV viewing habits of 6,000 British people aged 10 or 42 years old who were born in the same week in 1970.
The analysis found that children who watched a lot of television aged 10 were 42% more likely to spend more than three hours a day in front of the TV that those who watched little television in their youth. The study was authored by the University College London.
Co-author Lee Smith advised that parents should encourage children to increase their physical activity so that become fit and healthy adults.
Dr Smith said: “Do something active to displace TV. In the evening time when families tend to sit down and watch TV they should try to go for walks instead.
"If you can't go outside, try active computer games, anything that gets people up and expending energy rather than sitting down and snacking."
The study used data gathered from the British Cohort Study which accumulated information on economic circumstances, health, physical, educational and social development of people born 1970 in England, Scotland and Wales.
The team also found that 42-year-olds who watched television for more than three hours a day were more likely to be in only “fair” or “poor” health and to rate themselves as either obese or overweight.
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