Physical Activity and Screen Media

Looking at children between the ages of 9 and 12, researchers considered the role of parents in encouraging physical activity. They found that:

  • Paradoxically, the more restrictive parents were about the use of TV, the more sedentary the child was likely to be.
  • Parents who provide logistical support, encouraging their children to move, correlated with higher levels of physical activity.
  • Children who had greater availability of screen media in their bedroom were more sedentary and more likely to have less light and vigorous physical activity.

Abstract: Physical Activity and Screen-Media–Related Parenting Practices Have Different Associations with Children’s Objectively Measured Physical Activity, Leibert Open Access

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