Long TV time could be bad for kids in general. What kind of problem will arise? . Long time sitting infront of the tV tube, even playing video games, may increase a child’s risk of developing high blood pressure.
The findings held regardless of whether the children were overweight or thin.
In a study tracked the physical activity levels of 111 3 to 8-year-olds for one week. The children wore an accelerometer to determine how active they were and parents reported how much time their youngster spent watching TV, playing video games, painting, sitting or taking part in other low-exertional activities.
The children were sedentary for an average of 5 hours each day and logged an average of 1.5 hours of screen time each day.
And while sedentary behavior was not much related to blood pressure, TV viewing and screen time — but not computer use — did seem to impact blood pressure.
Regardless of body weight, blood pressure was significantly higher in children who had the most TV and screen time compared to children with the lowest TV and screen time (less than 30 minutes per day, on average).
The researchers report their findings in the latest issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
To combat the problem, parents and children need to adhere to limits set no more than 2 hours of TV watching per day and that needs to be combined with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.