Parents play a big role in childhood sedentary time (but blaming them is not the way to go)

Today we have another episode of the Obesity Panacea podcast.  My goal with these podcasts is to interview a different health researcher every month (last month it was Atif Kukaswadia, aka Mr Epidemiology).

This month chat with Dr Valerie Carson.  Val is an absolutely fantastic researcher (she just recently became an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top research schools), and is pretty much the go-to person when it comes to sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children.

In this podcast Val explains why physical activity alone isn’t enough for healthy kids (it gives a huge bang for your buck, but you can only fit so much in your day).  She also discusses the delicate balance between educating parents and blaming them (which is obviously counter-productive).  And there are also a few tips for the grad students out there (if you want to be a productive grad student, Val is a very good person to emulate).

In the podcast Val and I discuss a couple of her papers: this one, looking at the way factors in the home influence young children’s screen time, and this one looking at differences in the relationship between self-reported and objectively measured sedentary time and health (as I mention in the podcast, this paper completely scooped one of my own PhD studies… but it all worked out in the end!).

You can find out more on Val’s research on the University of Alberta’s Behavioural Epidemiology Lab website. A reminder that email subscribers can listen to the podcast by visiting the blog.  If you enjoy the podcast, I’d also encourage you to subscribe via itunes.


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