‘We have kids who can’t touch their toes’

The Irish Times – Sheila Wayman

But for all the hand-wringing that goes on for 24 hours after the publication of findings such as these, the good news is that, with the right approach, it would not take much to turn that around into a “positive spiral of engagement”. And looking at the issue of children’s inactivity through the lens of FMS provides a new focus.


Late bedtimes in preschool years could bring weight gain

Medical X-Press – Amy Norton

Little ones who stay up late may have a higher risk of becoming overweight by the time they are school-age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that young children who routinely got to sleep after 9 p.m. tended to gain more body fat between the ages of 2 and 6. Compared with kids who had earlier bedtimes, they had bigger increases in both waist size and body mass index (BMI)—an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.


Getting your kid to ask for a healthy snack are among parents’ top ‘wins’

The New York Post – Sarah Kocher

It really is the little things that mean the most — at least when it comes to scoring a parenting “win,” according to new research. From getting their children to eat their vegetables easily or keeping them occupied and quiet while grocery shopping, a study of 2,000 parents of children aged 2-18 examined the little things parents find satisfying and empowering.


American parents make 221 mistakes a year while raising kids, report claims

Fox News – Marie Haaland

Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 parents (ages 23 and up) found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year – adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18. The top parenting “faux pas” was found to be allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent,) followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age-appropriate (39 percent.)


Health risks for inactive children: ‘This should be a wake-up call for parents’

The Irish Times – Carl O’Brien

In addition, latest research shows just 12 per cent of teenagers in secondary schools are meeting Department of Health recommendations of at least 60 minutes daily of “moderate to vigorous physical activity”. Teenagers are also getting less active the older they get. The latest data indicates that fitness levels among Irish teenagers decline significantly from 15 onwards, especially among girls.