UBCO researchers study how prolonged sitting can impact children’s brains

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In a first of its kind study, UBCO researchers examine what happens to a child’s brain when they remain sedentary.

A new study by UBC Okanagan researchers explores for the first time how sitting affects blood flow in children’s brains.

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences researchers wanted to determine how prolonged sitting impacts the blood flow to children’s brains and how exercise breaks can make a difference. Previous studies have been done on adults, but not a group of children.

“The young brain demands more energy than the adult brain,” says Dr. Christine Tallon, who led the study for her doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Ali McManus. “This higher demand means a correspondingly higher level of blood flow to the brain. We are therefore quite concerned that prolonged sitting may be worse for children than for adults.”

Read the full story here: UBC Okanagan News