Children who are allowed to play in free and active ways are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults, according to a new study from the University of Ulster.
- British researchers studied 505 young adults, asking them about their health and childhood play experiences.
- A high level of creative play was a predictor of good health habits such as getting enough exercise; active play was associated with better overall health.
- Children who were restricted and who had less time to play were more likely to grow up to be overweight.
"Having the freedom and opportunity to play is important for all aspects of child development and is a right that is often overlooked," said author Tony Cassidy, presenting the research at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society.
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