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Exercise Not Tied to Preschool Obesity

Activity Doesn't Determine Weight Outcome, Study Shows

Parents Need to Move, Too continued...

"A parent can't say, ‘You have to do this, but I'm going to watch TV.' That won't work," Gregory says. "And physical activity has to be fun. If it isn't fun, kids aren't going to do it."

Gomez says very young children need to be given the opportunity to be physically active, but they don't need highly structured play.

"I am of the opinion that we have failed to emphasize the importance of free play," he says. "Kids are naturally active. You don't have to tell them what to do. You just have to provide the time and a safe environment and they will do the rest."

He adds that young children should spend as much time as possible outside, assuming that they are supervised and have a safe place to play.

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