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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem by Jane Ogden

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“My child watches too much TV”

Tips for being more active

Exercise is clearly linked with body weight, and being inactive is central to the development and maintenance of obesity as well as other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Exercise also has many psychological benefits and can help with mood, self-esteem, confidence, and friendship problems. This chapter will describe the many benefits of exercise. It will then explore why people do or do not do exercise and highlight ways in which both adults and children can become more active.
What do we know: exercise
  • Being active protects against many illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes.
  • People who are more active live longer.
  • Exercise strengthens bones and muscles.
  • Exercise promotes a feeling of well-being and body confidence and reduces anxiety and depression.
  • People are active if it fits into their daily lives, if it's fun, and if they can do it with friends.

Why Exercise?

Exercise has both physical and psychological benefits.

The physical benefits of exercise

Physical activity has been shown to improve health in terms of longevity and a wide number of chronic illnesses, particularly heart disease. The evidence for the physical benefits of exercise is as follows:

  • Those who exercise each week using up about 2,000 kcals on walking, stair climbing, and sports, live for 2.5 years longer on average than those who only use up 500 kcals per week on these activities. ...

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