Saturday 16 December 2017

Good habits must be formed in childhood

Dr Nina Byrnes

THE latest report from the Growing up in Ireland Study makes interesting reading. The good news is that 98pc of our five year old children are reported as being in good health.

But a deeper look into the results reveals some worrying statistics. One in five of our five-year-olds are either overweight or obese and between 8pc and 20pc of our younger children have more than three hours of screen time daily.

If lifestyle habits continue the way they are for many of these children, it is less likely that their good health will continue into adulthood.

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