Stanford Medical School: Understanding the impact of sedentary behavior on children’s health

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Via the Stanford Medical School’s Scope Blog:

Previous research has shown that the majority of a student’s school day, 70 percent, is completely sedentary and that sitting for long periods of time can increasea child’s risk for certain health conditions.

To better understand this issue, a team of Canadian researchers completed a systematic review of existing literature on the relationship between sedentary behavior and health in school-aged children. Their findings were recently published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

During the study, the researchers evaluated 232 studies involving 983,840 participants between the ages of 5 and 17 and analyzed data pertaining to six broadly defined health indicators: body composition, fitness, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, self-esteem, pro-social behavior and academic achievement.

The full article can be viewed on the Scope website, here.

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