bambina-gattonaStatistics show that activity preferences and the adoption of an active lifestyle are strongly influenced by motor experiences and skills acquired during the first six years of life. So, the pre- school period is the most critical period for the development of motor skills; after the age of six, there is a phase of consolidation and improvement of the skills already acquired.  Studies on obesity show that early childhood is also crucial for the development of eating habits and that there is a relationship between this and levels of physical activity. In fact, children who run and jump all the time tend to eat more healthily and under control, whereas children who are sedentary tend to snack and eat food rich in fat and calories. Other studies have shown that children who are overweight or obese move around much less, and possess poor basic motor skills. Again, researchers recommend an increase in the development of motor skills for pre-school children. This way, a child will be predisposed towards a physically active lifestyle rather than becoming a future victim of obesity.

 

To know more you can find this article on page 96 on the book “Primo Sport” downloadable free here.