Three Tips to Cut Childhood obesity

Content Courtesy of Toronto Star

If you're a parent feeling helpless over the barrage of bad news about kids' expanding waistlines and declining health, here's some news you can actually use.

According to a U.S. study released Monday, young children have a much lower risk of obesity if they have three routines in place: regular family dinners, limited television and adequate sleep.

While the findings aren't surprising – experts have long been calling for less screen time and healthier eating habits to prevent the epidemic of overweight kids and teens – the new study is the first to look at the cumulative effect of these measures on young children, the authors said.

They examined 8,550 preschoolers and found kids in households that followed all three routines had a 40 per cent lower rate of obesity than children in homes where none of the routines was practised.

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