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Let children get out and play

Friday, May 18, 2018

Children of T&T must not spend more than two hours a day in front of electronic devices and should partake in at least one hour of vigorous exercise.

The experts on child health blame long periods of inaction in front of television sets and computers and less sport and outdoor activity for producing a nation of fat children. Recent statistics paint a worrying snapshot of the lifestyles of children in Trinidad and Tobago. Primary school children watch an average of more than two hours of television every weekday and between 15 and 20 hours every weekend. The amount of television watched increases as children get older.

It is clear that there is a strong link between watching television for over two hours and obesity. The only solution to this dilemma is for parents to simply turn off the television and send the children outside to play. If you combine television with Playstation use, tablet use and internet use you get an enormous amount of time on electronic media which is detrimental to a child’s health and future.

Childhood obesity is now a major concern in T&T. Parents must be told to tell their children to, “Get out and play.”



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