A study, "Parents' perceptions of neighborhood safety and children's physical activity," published in "Preventative Medicine," asked caregivers about neighborhood safety.
Perception of the neighborhood as less safe was independently associated with an increased risk of overweight at seven-years-old.
For more on the innovative research being conducted by this research group and a related research group, "Banishing Obesity and Diabetes in Youth" (BODY), please visit their site.
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.
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