By Matt Barron
In an age where gaming and TV increasingly rule children's time, the research of Baxter-Jones and his University of Saskatchewan colleagues reveals the surprising costs of being a couch-potato kid.
One might expect Adam Baxter-Jonesís children to be more active than most, considering that their researcher dad spends his days exploring how a couch-potato lifestyle impacts the physical development of kids.
Like most children her age, however, his 13-year-old daughter isnít as active as she needs to be for optimal development. Recently Baxter- Jones tried to motivate her with a new scientific finding, and her response would be familiar to any parent: ďShut up, Dad.Ē