May 20, 2013 | 02:14 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
Is daylight savings time making kids fat?
Yahoo Online :
One way to fight childhood obesity? Banish daylight savings time, which keeps kids indoors in the evenings and not playing outside and being active, claims a study announced last week.
UK researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London reveal that not changing the clocks could give children more daylight time to play outside, which is crucial in fighting obesity. The research, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, studied the daily activities of 325 children in England aged between eight and 11 over a period of more than 800 days. To measure activity, the subjects wore accelerometers and kept a record of their activities as well.
Not surprisingly, the children were most active during the long summer days. Yet the subjects overall engaged in more activity on "long" or "medium" days-with visible sunlight anywhere from 5pm to 8pm-regardless of rain, clouds, or wind. "The longer the daylight hours, the longer kids will play," Tam Fry, a spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum in the UK told the BBC on Wednesday. "They really don't seem to care much about the weather but they do care about the dark."
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