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Screen time linked to child­hood weight gain

- Lifestyle · Healthy Living · Parenting · Family · Royal College of Surgeons of England · Ireland · Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

AL­LOW­ING chil­dren to spend hours star­ing at screens puts them at risk of pil­ing on the pounds, re­search sug­gests.

Ev­ery ex­tra hour a day that chil­dren spend in front of a tele­vi­sion, com­puter or tablet in­creases their odds of be­com­ing over­weight by 1 per cent, according to a study of 4,300 young­sters aged two to 11.

Lack of sleep also plays a role, with each hour of re­duced sleep re­sult­ing in a 23 per cent in­creased risk of a child be­com­ing over­weight. The re­searchers, from the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons in Ire­land, stressed that the two things go hand in hand, with chil­dren who are glued to mo­bile phones or games con­soles likely to spend far less time asleep.

The find­ings, pre­sented at the Euro­pean and In­ter­na­tional Congress on Obe­sity, come at a time of boom­ing use of de­vices with screens.

Bri­tons aged eight to 19 spend about 44 hours a week look­ing at screens.

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Tale of the tape: The av­er­age waist size for Bri­tish men is 38.5in

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