Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Active Adults, Active Children?

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Active Adults, Active Children?

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According to a new study, there is no direct link between parents' own level of physical activity, and how much their child may exercise. In fact, parents' perceptions of their children's athleticism appear to have a direct impact on the children's activity.

The study by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers Stewart Trost and Paul Loprinzi, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, studied 268 children ages 2--5 in early childhood education centers in Queensland, Australia. Of these children, 156 parents or caregivers were surveyed on their parental practices, behaviors related to physical activity, and demographic information.

They found that parents' level of physical activity is not directly associated with their children, but instead that the direct link is between parental support and a child's level of physical activity. "Active parents may be more likely to have active children because they encourage that behavior through the use of support systems and opportunities for physical activity, but there is no statistical evidence that a child is active simply because they see that their parents exercise," Trost says. …

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