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Dr David Coleman: Four simple steps to get the whole family into healthier habits

Summer is the perfect time to get everyone moving more and eating better

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By playing with your children you can make them more active. Picture posed

By playing with your children you can make them more active. Picture posed

By playing with your children you can make them more active. Picture posed

Childhood obesity is a big problem. A recent US study published in Paediatrics which looked at data from over 18,000 children concluded that the rate of childhood obesity was higher, it occurred at younger ages and was more severe now than it had been 12 years previously.

Separate research shows that families who develop unhealthy habits such as having lots of unhealthy snacks, allowing unlimited screentime or rewarding children with snacks or screentime were associated with higher consumption by children, of savoury/sweet snacks, fizzy drinks and so on. In contrast, where families had more fruit and vegetables at home, and parents were physically active with their children, it was associated with much healthier food choices by children.


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