Are Overprotective Parents the Cause of Childhood Obesity?

active kids stats Are Overprotective Parents the Cause of Childhood Obesity?Back in the olden days (the 1980s), me and my friends would race home from school, dump our schoolbags in our rooms, shove some leftovers down our gullets and run back outside to play road hockey (or baseball, football, etc) until…

  • it became too dark to see
  • or our Moms dragged us back inside for dinner & homework

Fast forward to 2012…

  • 46% of Canadian kids get 3 hours or less of active play per week
  • Only 35% of Canadian kids walk or ride their bikes to school
  • The average Canadian kid gets 7 hours and 48 minutes of screen time every day
  • As a result, Canadian kids spend 63% of their free time being sedentary
  • And they’re even less active on weekends than on school days

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And according to Active Healthy Kids Canada, “two of the major barriers to regular, active play in Canadian kids are screen time and parental safety concerns. In combination, these societal realities force children and youth into highly-controlled environments, where they have little opportunity to let loose and just play“.

Play…like we all did back in the good old days…before the world became a scary place and we needed to start bubble-wrapping our kids to keep them safe.

Fifty-eight per cent of Canadian parents say they are very concerned about keeping their children safe and feel they “have to be over-protective of them in this world.” Safety concerns, whether or not they are founded, such as crime, traffic, neighbourhood danger, outdoor darkness and lack of supervision, discourage parents from letting their children and teens play outdoors.

And as a result, our precious little bundles of joy are fat and borderline diabetic.

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NoteWhile this data is Canadian, I’m willing to bet that it isn’t unique to Canada.

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

4 Comments

  1. my5Kchallenge

    June 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Why does the ball look like the Pepsi logo?

    • healthhabits

      June 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Weird huh? I had a ball like that as a kid – red, white & blue. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the artist made the pepsi link on purpose.

      Good eyes btw.

  2. my5Kchallenge

    June 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Less TV. And less homework!

  3. dhhedman

    June 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    It is really sad. I just wrote an article on http://www.dhhedman.com/blog about childhood obesity and 5 ways to get kids moving! We all really need to get our kids out and play… even if it means parents getting out there with them! Great article!