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January 04, 2022 Tuesday 04:15:09 PM IST

New Year Resolution for Parents

Dev, a teenager, has recently visited the department of Bariatric for a weight loss plan. He has gained a few kilos while sitting at home during the time of lockdown. He tried and tasted different varieties of food which had cost him weakening health. He couldn’t play with his friends or go out to the gym to do physical exercise. Either he played with his gadget or watched television for hours. Finally, without any physical activities, he felt more worn out and drowsy and he seriously wanted to go back to his normal physique.

This has become the case for many children during this time. The COVID pandemic has led to serious disruptions in the lives of children. It included restrictions from attending school to playing outside with friends. They were forced to sit within the four walls of their home which severely affected the physical wellbeing of the children. Inadvertently, it also resulted in the increased screen time of kids which also affected their mental health. Despite the potential benefits of physical activity on child well-being, there was a disruption in physical activity. 

Studies show that lower physical activity was linked to poorer mental health, greater stress, and more worry about the pandemic. In this New Year, parents can resolve to provide more physical activities for their children and should encourage them to move more and sit less to make them healthier and happier.