Screen Time Is the problem: Activity is Secondary for Overweight Children

Surveys have changed the basis of testing behavior. Television in itself is not the main criterion. Because of tablets and smart phones screen time is the main target. People can use tablets while still being partially active, but it is assumed to be a passive activity.

A group of 144 children was observed. Body mass index was higher for those spending most time in front of a screen. Their level of physical activity was lower. However, it was not significantly less. Something else was at work. The sedentary side of being glued to a screen overrides all other factors.

Parents are being encouraged to get their children involved in sport by enrolling them in local sporting teams. Though physical activity is the main trade off for more screen time, parents must understand that reducing screen time per se is most important.
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Conservation by Ty Buchanan
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