Kids Health

The children are outdoors less than prisoners

Fact: in the lives of our children less fresh air than people serving sentences in prison. As it can affect the health of our kids?

A big part of their lives children spend in the room. Day kindergarten or school. Vecherochki, extra lessons and homework,video games and social networks. In the result, almost three quarters of children in the UK spend less time outside than prisoners. In the report for the year 2016 it is concluded that 12 percent of children in the UK were not even in a Park or natural environment in the previous year


Time in the fresh air is very important for children because it helps their eyes, bones and immune system develop properly. In addition, there is evidence confirming that regular walks help prevent food and other types of allergies.

Babies are born farsighted. Healthy pastastiet his best form, but to make him extremely hard, not having access to quality light source, which is only available outdoors. Our eyes deceive us into thinking that the room in which we find ourselves, well-lit, but even a brightly lit room can’t match the level of outdoor lighting on a cloudy day.

Without the necessary amount of fluorescent light eyeball can grow too long, leading to myopia, to correct either with lenses or by surgery. But it’s not even that the child will have to wear glasses or undergo surgery. Strong myopia (about a fifth of cases) can lead to blindness in older age. Despite the fact that laser surgery can restore vision, damage to the eye, remains, as, indeed, and risks.

In some countries of South-East Asia this problem is particularly acute. Most people in Singapore (85 %) myopic. A staggering 96.5% of 19-year-old boys in the South Korean capital (Seoul) are also short-sighted. And although it is believed that genes may play a minor or moderate role in the development of myopia, one of the main reasons for the wide prevalence of the disease is still a way of life.

Over the last 50 years myopia among young people in the UK more than doubled. According to forecasts, by 2050 half the world’s population will be nearsighted.

Vitamin sunlight

Life in the shadows also led to the return of a disease that was thought to have been eradicated after the Second world war. Sunlight is necessary for our body to produce vitamin D. Without it, we cannot absorb calcium and phosphate, which are essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Endless hours of sitting at home contribute to the return of rickets among children. Rickets causes pain, growth inhibition and softness and weakness of the bones that bend under the weight of the body.

Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with the increase in food and nut allergies. The lack of contact with the environment associated with the growth of diseases such as hay fever, asthma and type 1 diabetes.

All these diseases tell us that, although city life offers a lot of amenities and advantages, this way of life is often adversely impact on health. Small changes such as encouraging your children to walk more in the fresh air, even when overcast, as well as to exercise regularly, to set them up for a much healthier future. Attract your children to play in the street is not a fad, hippie parents, is a critical component of their long-term health.