MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS : CHILDREN : OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES : PLAY: To Fight Child Obesity - Let Children Play Outdoors More with Their Friends

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MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS : CHILDREN : OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES : PLAY: To Fight Child Obesity - Let Children Play Outdoors More with Their Friends

David P. Dillard
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MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :

PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS :

CHILDREN :

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES :

PLAY:

To Fight Child Obesity -
Let Children Play Outdoors More with Their Friends

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To Fight Child Obesity -
Let Children Play Outdoors More with Their Friends

Instead of shrinking pizzas and burgers, it is vital to get children to
play outside unsupervised  and not just for the exercise

Rob Wheway

Tuesday 22 August 2017 07.00 EDT

Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/22/ 
fight-child-obesity-let-children-play-outdoors-more-with-friends


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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/y7z58xx9


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Obesity is an environmental issue not a disease. Children growing up in
the 1950s and 1960s were not obese. Virtually all people over 60 (and many
younger) remember walking to infant school without an adult. Most
travelled unaccompanied from the age of five after being taken for a
couple of weeks by a parent. Children would also be able to run around in
their own street and go on errands at this age. In other words, they had
daily healthy exercise at no cost in money or time to the government and
their parents.

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It is known from zoos that if mammals cannot run around outside their
houses they get obese and display repetitive behaviour and poor mental
health. Crucially, if their environment is improved  by enabling them to
run around more freely  their health improves.

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Our children are being offered solutions that would not be acceptable for
mammals in zoos. If zoo experts said that the main solution to obesity
caused by being penned in was to replace some of the mammals food with
smaller portions of calorie-free synthetic food, there would be an outcry
from animal lovers. Yet this is what PHE is doing.

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The NHS offers tailored, personalised help to reduce risk of type 2
diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to
lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes  an expensive
solution, which will reach relatively few people and divert resources from
areas where treatment is needed.

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Experts also constantly blame parents for not taking their children to the
park or countryside more often. But most parents never did regularly take
their children out to play. They didnt have to  their children played
happily in the street.

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It is vital that children do play outdoors unsupervised, and not just for
the exercise. In any game, children have to agree the rules for
themselves, they have to play fairly (or the fun stops), they settle
disputes, reach compromises, modify the rules when the situation changes
(somebody joins or leaves). They learn how to cope with life. This is very
sophisticated personal development in which children acquire competences
for life. These skills are unique to human beings. No number of computer
games, exercise cartoons, Facebook activity etc can compensate for
childrens free play. No organised activities such as piano/swimming
lessons, sports/dance clubs can give the same personal and social
development. Parents who daily ferry their children from club to activity
are clearly committed to their children, but these activities do not
compensate for the lost benefits of play.



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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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