Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Babies with healthier diets are more active, sleep better

Physical activity is important at all stages of life. It prevents obesity, improves well-being and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Diet is an important factor when it comes to being an active child. The children who were breastfed (breastfeeding has been associated with higher fitness levels in childhood) and those who ate more vegetables were more active. Infants who were less active had a more adult style diet, with juice rather than milk and adult crisps.

As well as improving their activity levels, healthy eating behaviours, such as having a higher vegetable intake, adopted at this age are likely to be carried through life too.

Infants who were active during the day woke up less at night, so they tended to sleep better – although they did move about in their sleep more.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/babies-with-healthier-diets-more-active-sleep-better-11257286

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