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Too much screen time for children can lead to obesity


August 09, 2019 11:15 pm IST

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Washington. [USA], August 9 (ANI): Parents Make a Note! You may want to reduce your child's screen time. According to a new study, children who spend a lot of time in front of screens are at a higher risk of weight gain and abdominal obesity, no matter how much they exercise.
The results of the study were published in the journal Scientific Reports. Increasing childhood obesity is one of the biggest health problems worldwide.
The study, conducted at the Folhalsan Research Center in collaboration with the University of Helsinki, examines the links between screen time and overweight using Finnish teen health data (Fin-HIT), covering more than 10,000 children from across Finland. The children studied were between 9 and 12 years old.
Subjects reported the time spent watching television programs and movies on screens, and the amount of idle computer used outside class hours. Children were measured for height, weight and waist circumference.
The results of the study showed that severe screen time was associated with both overweight and abdominal obesity. There is no difference in the results of age, gender, mother tongue, sleep duration and leisure activities. Watching a lot of television has also been linked to overweight and obesity in children who exercise the most.
"It should be noted that this cross-sectional study does not reveal anything about the cause-and-effect relationship. It is possible for overweight children to spend more time on screens, or that copious screen time can lead to overweight," says researcher Elina Engberg. from the University of Helsinki and Folhalsan.
"Neither study measured exercise intensity. Participants were asked only for the amount of time they spent exercising in their free time. More research is needed on the combined effect of screen time, physical activity, and diet on children's weight." Add Engberg.
Previously, not much research has been done on the relationship between screen time and abdominal obesity in children. Overweight in children and associated adverse health effects are illustrated by the waist / height ratio as well as body mass index. (ANI)

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