Healthier children, if they grow in the garden


Children who do not have access to gardens, playgrounds and public parks are 40% more likely to become obese by the age of 7 and a result of falling ill as adults.This is the result, rather shocking, in a study conducted by Dutch researchers of the University of Amsterdam, presented to the Congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, which met in Stockholm.The survey involved 6,500 British babies born between 2000 and 2001, which were monitored regularly from the age of nine months, and then at 3, 5, 7 years.The information gathered about their weight were crossed with those concerning external factors and environmental and in particular the presence of a garden or green spaces at home or nearby, used to go to the small park and more generally the conditions of the neighborhood.What has emerged is that not having access to the green between 3 and 5 years will increase by 38% the risk of being obese schoolchildren.Attend green spaces can become consequently for researchers a form of prevention - from an early age - for conditions like diabetes type 2 and against the possibility that being overweight as children results in metabolic disorders and heart problems in adulthood.


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