‘Helicopter parents’ who hover over their children’s every move leave them at risk of obesity by preventing healthy play, study claims

Source: Daily Mail

Fussy parents have been warned not to hover over their children’s every move – or risk preventing healthy play and encouraging obesity.

A new study, which looked at families in parks, found so-called ‘helicopter parents’ who show too much concern while their children are playing in the park actually cause them to be less active.

They found these parents often interrupted their children’s spontaneous play – making them more sedentary.

Lead researcher Dr Jason Bocarro said: ‘It’s a catch-22 for today’s parents, unfortunately. Many parents are worried about the safety of their children, so they tend to hover.

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