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Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control warns of children’s inactivity dangers

Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control warns of children’s inactivity dangers

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 08:56 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control warns of children’s inactivity dangers
Children play at Tao Dan Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thuy Duong / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) on Monday issued a caution against physical inactivity in children, citing its various potentially harmful effects on their health and development.

Children who lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk of becoming overweight, obese, and developing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, depression, as well as experiencing reduced ability to concentrate and remember, which can affect their school performance, HCDC said.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization in 2022, the rate of insufficient physical activity among Vietnamese adolescents, particularly those aged 11 to 17, is alarmingly high, with 81 percent among boys and a staggering 92 percent among girls.

Here are four indicators that children are physically inactive:

- They predominantly spend their time indoors, avoiding outdoor activities.

- They display disinterest and decline opportunities to partake in outdoor play or social activities.

- They exhibit reluctance and dissatisfaction when tasked with chores by their parents.

- They prioritize spending excessive time on electronic devices over physical play and express more enjoyment in screen time than in active pursuits.

Medical professionals advise parents to actively engage their children in outdoor activities, such as sports and walks, to encourage physical exercise.

For children unaccustomed to regular exercise, it is recommended to start with short sessions of 10-15 minutes and gradually increase the duration.

Parents should also regulate their children’s screen time on electronic devices by establishing reasonable usage limits and redirecting them toward other beneficial activities. 

Family involvement in physical activities is encouraged to foster a culture of movement and discourage excessive technology use.

Furthermore, attention to children’s nutrition and sleep is paramount. 

Providing a balanced diet and ensuring sufficient rest will equip children with the energy needed for physical activities.

Equally important is educating children about the significance of physical activity. 

They should comprehend the positive outcomes of staying active and feel motivated to participate in physical endeavors.

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Bao Anh - Thuy Duong / Tuoi Tre News


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