Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day FRI 01 AUG 14
Nix the patterns and go for solid colors when you choose pants--they make your hips and backside look smaller.
  • Good House Keeping
    The July issue is our Makeover Special! Be inspired by the weight-loss successes of The Biggest Loser’s Kayen Lazaro and Osie Nebreja, who entered the reality TV show simply wanting to lose weight but ended up gaining whole new (healthier!) lives.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Jumpstart your best body today with this month’s best foods special. Women’s Health shares over 100 of the best packaged foods for women, sourced from leading supermarkets, specialty stores, and delivery services.
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
April 17, 2012

Girls Are Less Likely to Spend Time Playing Outdoors

Research shows that keeping your kids--especially young femmes--indoors all the time may deprive them of certain health benefits. By Jennifer Chan
1 Comment
Add Yours

When was the last time your kids played patintero and agawan base? If your kids are like most children today, it's probably been a while. According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, kids today simply don’t get out of the house as much. Girls, in particular, seem to spend more time cooped up indoors than boys. 

In an effort to delve deeper into the subject, researchers studied 8,950 kids in the US who were in their last year before grade school. They wanted to find out just how large the discrepancy of outdoor play was between boys and girls. 

Upon analysis of the results, researchers declared that girls were 16 percent less likely to be taken out than boys. Why? According to lead researcher Pooja Tandon of Seattle Children's Hospital, boys might be more insistent on going out more. On the other hand, girls just might be less athletic, preferring to stay inside. Societal norms might also have a hand in reinforcing such a setup. 

Unfortunately, staying inside the house does nothing for girls. In fact, the study cites that one possible reason women tend to be more vulnerable to atopic and autoimmune diseases is because they lack exposure to microorganisms that could have strengthened them against such attacks. Other reports also emphasized the importance of exposing girls to the outdoors. Apparently, being able to play outside helps kids develop their motor and cognitive skills. 

Remember to encourage your kids to be physically active. Simply sitting in the backyard fiddling with a video game doesn’t count as playing outdoors. Kids follow your example. If you start spending more time with them outdoors, perhaps they'll be more inclined to play out in the sun on their own.



(Photo source: sxc.hu)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • RossMorales Apr 17 2012 @ 09:32am Report Abuse
       
    I agree. We should let kids enjoy playing outside so they can get started on being active even at a young age. That's why when my nephew visits and asks me if he could play outside, I always allow him. :)
Filter comments by:
1 to 1 of 1
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
10 Ways To Add Color To Life
Here are simple tips to make life more interesting!  Jul 24, 2014 
G Toengi-Walters Shares How She Got Her Kids Into Math
Solving problems has never been this fun.  Jul 24, 2014 
Maggie Wilson-Consunji Talks Motherhood with Good Housekeeping
The gorgeous mom shares son Connor's birth story.   Jul 20, 2014 
Dull Day at School? Here are 8 Ways to Transform That Frown Into a Smile ASAP
It doesn't take a lot to lift your kids' spirits!  Jul 18, 2014 
Good Housekeeping Helps One Mom Dress for Success
Dressing for your career is just as important as dressing for your age.   Jul 09, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT