The behaviours and traits of today’s children

The behaviours and traits of today’s children, along with their genetics, are determinants of their growth and development, their mental health, and their physical performance. There is no question that inactivity has become a major health threat to Australia, and with some recent studies showing only one in four children meet the recommended 60 minutes or more each day of moderate to vigorous physical activity (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013). A less obvious contributor to this inactive lifestyle among children just happens to be, technology. Technological advances of the modern day society have contributed to the inactive lifestyle that has changed children from that of 20 years ago. According to…. children today weigh more and have a higher BMI than their peers of just a generation earlier. The evolution of technology has reached a point where the health of children could be in jeopardy due to them focusing more on their screen-time than their physical health. While technology is often blamed for increasing levels of physical inactivity of children, researchers are also learning that innovative use of technology such as active gaming and fitness trackers can allow children to be active while having fun.

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