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Study identifies behaviours in young children that might prevent obesity

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2608 (Published 05 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2608
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Nursery school age children should be physically active for between two to three hours a day and watch television or use a screen for no more than a hour a day, say recommendations that are to be tested for their potential to prevent obesity.

Research conducted by scientists from 10 European countries and presented in 11 reviews in a supplement of the journal Obesity Reviews (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/obr.2012.13.issue-s1/issuetoc) shows that television watching at weekends and consuming too many unhealthy snacks and soft drinks are making four to six years olds overweight.

Obesity among European pre-school children is hitting record levels, with more than one in eight children overweight in northern Europe, rising to more than 25% in parts …

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