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WHO Issues Guidelines Pertaining To Sleep, Exercise And Screen Time For Kids

World Health Organization (WHO) now has some new guidelines for kids. They are now defining how much time kids should spend on playing, sleeping, watching television or videos. WHO released the first set of guidelines on sleep, physical activities and sedentary behavior on Wednesday. This is the public health agency of United Nations.

WHO has framed these guidelines for children aged less than 5 years. The three categories are infants below 1 year, children within 1–2 and ones within 3-4 years. Juana Willumsen, who is an expert in the World Health Organization’s Department of the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases, informed that previously they did not have any such lifestyle guidelines for children less than 5 years.

There were guidelines only for aged people. In 2010 WHO released recommendations under 3 categories; for children who are 5-17 years of age, adults who are 18-65 years of age and people who are more than 65 years of age. WHO informed that the guidelines are based on scientific proofs which state the benefits of physical activities sleep and screen time spent by the infants and the children. Willumsen informed that a group of experts are looking at the available proof while framing the guidelines.

She feels that these guidelines will be of immense help to people who are involved in developing early child care plans or are engaged in work like advising parents and care-givers. She also informed that obesity in children is on the rise. For this reason, it has become urgent to being in some preventative steps.

The new guidelines suggest that in order to reduce excess weight and adiposity, children should be involved in physical activities. They should have balanced sleep and should limit sedentary behaviors. Children who suffer from obesity usually stay in the same condition even in their adulthood.