Small study shows how parents’ concerns about neighborhood restrict kids’ outdoor play

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The press release is a bit too much boosting that it is the first study – this isn’t true, check e.g. here – but this small study does add  elements to discussion on how parents’ fear has an important influence on how much kids can play outdoor.

From the press release:

A study conducted by LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health is the first to demonstrate that parents who are concerned about their neighborhoods restrict their children’s outdoor play. The study is published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

The LSU Health New Orleans team designed the study to identify factors that may reduce physical activity among adolescents.

“Physical inactivity is a major contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, and a large portion of the adolescent population in the US doesn’t meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous physical activity,” notes senior author Melinda…

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