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The study, which analyzed 863 low-income parents and their infants in an obesity prevention trial, noted parents’ tendency to use television as a babysitter. Researchers found that 90 percent of infants were exposed to television while 50 percent actively watched the tube, meaning parents intentionally put their children in front of the TV so they could watch it.
Research has shown that obese kids are much more likely to be obese adults, making them at higher risk of weight-related health problems including stroke, osteoarthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and scarily enough -- some types of cancer.
Moral of the story: Take a page out of Laura Kasperzak’s book by being a healthy role model for your children. Adopting healthy behaviors like exercising regularly, eating well, and keeping stress at bay (check out these best workouts to relieve stress). help lay the foundation for kids to naturally pick up on healthy habits.
You can also encourage little ones (not to mention friends and family) to try new activities by doing them together. The more activities you try -- like hiking, biking, or playing soccer -- the more likely they’ll be exposed to and develop a fondness for exercise.
Most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! (As much fun as Mimi’s having while busting out her seriously impressive yoga moves.) At the end of the day, that’s what will keep them coming back for more.