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Children suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder’

According to a report published by the National Trust, an addiction to technology, health and safety rules and over protective parents are creating a barrier between children and the natural world which is affecting their emotional and physical health.

Are children lacking access to nature?

According to a report published by the National Trust, an addiction to technology, health and safety rules and over protective parents are creating a barrier between children and the natural world which is affecting their emotional and physical health.

The study claims that society has allowed the outdoors to become daunting and full of risk and this is denying children the opportunity to play, learn and enjoy time outside with their family. The study also claims that the areas where children are allowed to roam without supervision has shrunk by almost 90% since the 1970’s.

Many will make links between common health problems among young people with the lack of time spent outside. The lack of outdoor play can be linked to child obesity and the health problems on the increase because of a lack of vitamin D can link to not having enough access to natural light.

Following the report the National Trust encourages parents to allow their children more access to outdoor play and all that nature has to offer, stating that “children who learn outdoors, know more, understand more, feel better, work more co-operatively and are physically healthier”.

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