0832 GMT December 03, 2020
It found four to six-year-olds unable to sit still burn enough energy to keep off almost half a stone of weight a year, dailymail.co.uk wrote.
Researchers measured the energy expenditure of children in an hour of playing with toys, coloring and watching TV.
The most fidgety moved 53 times — for example, shifting from sitting to standing, or lying to walking — while the least restless changed position only 11 times during the hour.
The most restless burnt 14 percent more calories than the most sedentary, or an extra tenth of a calorie per minute.
For an average child this age, sitting for ten hours a day as studies suggest they do, this would amount to almost 22,000 calories a year, preventing around 6.6lb of weight gain.
The study, led by the University of Strathclyde’s Professor John Reilly, working with Australian researchers, was published in the journal PLOS One.