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Obesity prevention guidelines are not followed for preschool children

August 30, 2017

CINCINNATI — In a study of nearly 400 preschool children, only one child adhered to obesity prevention guidelines over the course of a single day at child care and at home.

The 5-2-1-0 guidelines recommend children eat at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, view less than two hours of screen time, participate in one hour of physical activity and consume no sugar-sweetened beverages daily.

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study, published online inĀ Preventive Medicine Reports, “suggests there is ample room for improvement in preschool-age children’s dietary intake, physical activity and screen time,” says Amrik Singh Khalsa, MD, a fellow in the division of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and lead author of the study.

The study is believed to be the first to examine attainment of the 5-2-1-0 recommendations in preschool-age children who attend full-time child care. Unlike previous studies of the recommendations, it includes objective measures of diet and physical activity.