Kids Gain More Weight When School is Out

Many young children gain weight over the summer.

A recent study found that many young children gain more weight over the summer than during the school year. This study casts doubt on the assumption that kids are more active during summer vacation. The findings don’t reveal what’s behind the out-of-school weight gain, but the researchers speculate it’s because the summer months lack the structure of the school year with all its activities.  For many kids, the lazy days of summer offer plenty of free time to eat snacks, watch TV, or play video games.

Here are some tips for you to prevent your children from weight gain during summer:

Be more involved.  Plan activities with your children to prevent boredom. Walking, hiking, swimming, sports. Check out your local Rec Centers, YMCA or Community Centers or fun summer activities.

 Eat on a schedule.  The school year helps to provide structure. Our eating habits might be different during summer break. Plan healthy meals & snacks as a family.

 Limit screen time to 2 hours per day.  Although your children have more time on their hands, make sure it’s not spent sitting in front of the TV, computer or video games.

 Have healthy snacks on hand.  Whatever is in your house is what your family will eat. Keep fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks available. Pre-portion snacks to prevent large portion consumption.

 Don’t let the summer heat ruin a chance for exercise.  Swimming and playing in the water are great activities that keep us cool in the heat. Also, check out your local Recreation center for lots of indoor activities.

Parents must shoulder more of the responsibility for keeping their children healthy and active. Parents need to make time for a regular family activity together (bike rides, walks, hikes, swimming) during the summer and beyond to help their kids develop good habits.

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