Researchers have found that children under the age of 8 years can start showing signs of becoming too sedentary. If children are not active at an early age, obesity can begin to set in. This problem seems to be more prevalent in girls than it is in boys.
Children need at least one hour of physically demanding activity; however, the children in the study only spent 4% of their time being physically active. It was also found that fathers who tended to have children later in life had children who were less active than children who had younger dads.
One way to get children to get their exercise is to enroll them in sports programs. Another method that has proven to be effective is limiting television viewing.
Unfortunately, girls do not tend to like sports; therefore, researchers suggest exposing girls to an environment of and providing resources on information regarding female athletes. Intervention from parents at home plays a large part in encouraging girls and boys to engage in physically challenging exercise as well.