Tummy timetables: WHO offers lifestyle advice for children
The United Nations issued its first recommendations on physical activity for children under the age of five on Wednesday, in which controversial advice was given on subjects ranging from screen time to “tommy time”.
Guidelines of the World Health Organization can be read by some parents, including general knowledge practices, including showing children not below the age of one year on screen.
WHO’s point person for childhood obesity and physical activity, Juan Wilmosen said, “It’s about making changes in the playtime from motionless times.”
But many experts note that the WHO’s comprehensive recommendations were based on thin evidence, and specifically approved the agency to adopt simple definitions of key words, especially “stagnant screen time”.
With the threat of a growing public health with obesity and 80% of adolescents being “not adequately physically active”, the WHO said it was time to frame out the best practices for children under the age of five – A significant period for the development of lifestyle.
In spite of accepting that its “strong recommendations” were based on “very low quality evidence”, the United Nations Health Agency said that its advice could apply to all small children, gender, cultural background or socio-economic status Regardless
For infants under-age, WHO recommends conducting physical activity for at least 30 minutes in a day, including a prone position – or stomach time – which do not have mobile yet.
According to the agency, even children under one age should not stay for more than one hour on either the pre, high-chair or anybody’s back. They should sleep 12 to 17 hours a day.
For children aged between one and two years, WHO recommends three hours of physical activity each day, which does not have more than one hour of “motionless screen time” and at least 11 hours of sleep.
And for children aged three to four, three hours of daily physical activity should include at least one hour of “medium to vigorous” movement, while screen time should be kept under less than one hour.
To ‘Lots of Science’
“I do not know the extent to which global guidelines on public health policy are affecting millions of families, should be based on” very low quality evidence “,” Kevin McCauve, professor of data applied to The Open University in Britain Are, statements.
To prevent non-communicable diseases in the WHO, Program Manager Fiona Bull told the reporters that the writers were fully confident in the strength of the guidelines.
By addressing the low quality of evidence, the WHO was “only transparent that there is a lot of science in the emerging area of importance,” he said.
“What exactly is the time stagnant screen time?” McConnew asked, one of the experts who took the problem with the use of the word WHO.
WHO’s “vocabulary says that it incorporates an active screen-based game where physical activity or movement is needed ‘, but it is not very clear in my opinion.”
Andrew Preszabalsky, Director of Research at the Oxford University Oxford University, agreed that the “screening” of small children “makes sense” … conclusions about the screen in many ways, scientific evidence of damage Are out with
He said, “Not all screen time is made equal,” he said, urged further studies on various types of screen-based activities available for children and their effects.
Wilmson said that the Screen Time Guidelines “are not related to an interactive tablet based game or a TV program, where children are encouraged to move to copy the movements to interact with the media.”
“It’s a very inactive screen time,” he told reporters in Geneva.
Tim Smith of the University of London’s Center for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birbeck, said “There is a difference in the interaction with the screen media of young children and their families in many ways.”