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Hovering Parents Create Inactive Kids

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Obesity is a real problem here in the United States.  Due to the hectic lives of parents, many kids find themselves eating prepackaged food or fast food and they certainly don’t get the exercise they need.  However, a new study has shown that if you do want your kids to get the most out of that trip to the playground, then moms and dads need to just take a seat.

They’re called “Helicopter Parents.”  That’s the parent that is constantly hovering over their child.  Whether it be at the playground or in their own house, they’re the parents who want to make sure that their kids aren’t hurting themselves every second of the day.

A new study published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine says that the more a parent “hovers” the less active that child is.  Which makes sense really.  I mean, how much fun did you have when you were being watched by your parents?

The good news in this study though is that as parents, if we want our kids to become more active, all we have to do is find a comfy seat at the park.  I think I can handle that.

[ Huffington Post]

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