This is a mighty sad article. The British government has issued official guidelines aimed at getting the under-five crowd moving.
The British government says children under five, including infants, should exercise every day. The guidelines recommend children under five be physically active for at least three hours per day, they also say that babies should be doing tummy time or in-swim lessons with their parents to help them gain strength.
Well, good for the British government, if it's really necessary. Is this the fruit of the back-to-sleep campaign, long rides in car seats, baby swings, strollers, bouncy seats, playpens, walkers, baby videos, and other well- and not-so-well-intentioned interventions?
All the under-fives I know (not to mention more than a few five-and-overs) have no problem whatsoever being active for three hours practically every waking minute each day. Every mother of a toddler from the creation of the world has no doubt groaned more than once, "If I could only bottle that energy...."
The British government's expressed concern is with the later risk of adult obesity, but if our toddlers must be prodded to be active, we're looking at more of a problem than that. It's nothing less than a sea change in the development of the human race.