Toronto: A new study has found that strollers can enable inactive behavior in children and contribute to childhood obesity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has advised parents to reduce the amount of time their children spend in strollers.
In the study, researchers at the Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children interviewed parents and found that strollers could enable sedentary behavior, but also create opportunities for physical activity, CTV News reported.
Health experts have recommended children up to four years of age to limit sedentary time to one hour at a time, including time in the stroller.
According to the experts, a child could miss opportunities to build confidence and develop movement skills.
Sarah Prowse of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said that if kids were spending a lot of time in stroller, that was contributing to sedentary behaviour and sedentary behaviour was contributing to obesity.