Does not going to school get fat? Tips for children to maintain healthy habits at Christmas

On 12/30/2022 at 1:29 p.m.
TEC


Several studies show that, during the holidays, children gain weight (1.2 kilos) and one of the main reasons is that, by not going to school, they lose the routine of the day.

It’s been a week now that the children have been enjoying the holidays Christmas and there are still many days to go until back to school in January. And just like it happens during the summer holidays, these days the little ones in the house see their time, activity and eating routine altered.

“Christmas is a time of peace, family, sharing, celebrating, playing and enjoying moving. Children and adolescents are the ones who have the most opportunity to enjoy it during this period, since they have many vacation days with a lot of free time,” says the coordinator of the Health Promotion Committee (CPS-AEP) of the Spanish Association of Pediatricsthe doctor Julio Alvarez Pitti.

Children also gain weight during Christmas

But these days, the way to school, extracurricular activities and afternoons in the park disappear from the daily life of children, with what this means for their health.

  • “Several studies show that, during the holidays, children gain weight (1.2 kilos) and one of the main reasons is that, by not going to school, the structure of the day is lost. There is no set time to get up or go to bed. There are also no fixed hours to eat or stable menus. This results in an increase in sedentary time, especially dedicated to screens, in addition to less physical activity, fewer hours of sleep and worse eating& rdquor; explains doctor Álvarez Pìtti.

In his opinion, the holiday periods, such as the Christmas holidays, are the opportunity to turn them “into a time of shared activity & rdquor ;.

Several studies show that during the holidays, children gain weight. |

Tips to maintain healthy lifestyle habits

With all this data in hand, from the AEP they advise maintaining healthy lifestyle habits to enjoy Christmas to the fullest and that the return to routine in January is as bearable as possible.

And to prevent children and adolescents from spending a large part of their holidays glued to their mobile phones or computers, pediatricians have issued the following recommendations to families:

  • Plan family activities. Children should do at least one hour of physical exercise a day, even on vacation, since by not going to school or doing extracurricular activities, a sedentary lifestyle can be favored.

Experts recommend taking advantage of free time to organize activities that involve physical activity with the little ones in the house: going to see the Christmas lights, taking a walk in the countryside or a bike tour are some activities that we can practice in family.

  • Attend urban colonies or camps which, in addition to keeping them entertained and active on days when their parents can’t stay with them, will allow them to spend time with other children their age and make new friends.
  • Maintain rational sleeping and eating schedules. From the CPS-AEP they remember that, on vacation, we must prevent children and adolescents from going to bed late at night glued to a screen and getting up at noon to glue themselves to the next screen.
  • Maintain a sleep routine and avoiding exposure to screens for a while before going to bed is necessary to guarantee your rest.
  • Favor active plans with friends.

Does not going to school get fat? Tips for children to maintain healthy habits at Christmas