Screens aren't the enemy in new WHO health guidelines for kids — it's too much sitting still

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  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    May 3, 2019 12:58 p.m.

    Screen time with Grandma is great; time with Elmo learning letters is good if its controlled; other screen time is time away from physical activity (read time building up fat stores). We used to go from dawn to dusk and rarely did you see a fat kid at school. Now, they sit with the electronic babysitter and the results speak for them selves. Unplug, go play, be healthy. And parents - lay off the fattening snacks; get back to natures good stuff. Think I'll go eat an orange.

  • Elsleuth Valencia, Ca
    May 3, 2019 8:12 a.m.

    I taught elementary school for 43 years. During that time children's diets went from healthy to junk. Snacks used to be an apple, nuts or raisons: now children's diets are based on the taste for fat, sugar, cholesterol and highly processed meats. Cookies, doughnuts and meals packaged in little plastic are now common. We may be the richest country but we are sadly uninformed when it comes to how we take care of our bodies and the bodies of our children. Cookies, candy and chips are everywhere. We pass them out in church, schools, at home and on the road. They are advertised on TV, the internet, billboards and we as adults pass them out because we want to be liked.

  • county mom Austin, UT
    May 3, 2019 7:32 a.m.

    Personally, I think the greatest health risk to children is not enough time to entertain themselves. It's that time the get a little bored that they use their imagination to invent play. They spend so much time these days in organized activities. Where they are occupied with whatever someone else has thought of. Just let them play.