Diabetes Forecast

Summer Weight Gain in Kids

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
young african american girl playing in sprinkler


Your child may be starting the school year with a few extra pounds, a study says. Researchers found summertime weight gain in an analysis of seven studies, six of which reported greater weight gain when kids are out of school than during the school year. That’s especially true for African American and Latino children, those who are already overweight, and teenagers. Decreased physical activity, unstructured schedules and boredom, irregular sleep, and less access to healthier food through school meal programs may be to blame. Possible solutions include greater access to summer camps and parks and recreation programming, and increased use of summer food programs so that kids can eat healthfully all year long. Make up for summer sluggishness by urging your child to become more active. The list below is a good place to start.

  • Join a sports team
  • Walk the dog
  • Have a jump rope contest
  • Dance to favorite tunes
  • Play an active video game
  • Hit the playground

Source: Preventing Chronic Diseases, published online June 12, 2014

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